A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators & Faculty
SECTION VI: INTERNET SAFETY and ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES (AUP)
Internet safety refers to the countless issues facing students due to the widespread use of the Internet, including the need to keep children and all users safe while online. Incidents of discrimination and harassment can begin or spread online. Therefore, schools and districts can examine policies to ensure safe and responsible Internet use by students and teachers, when technology is used for teaching and learning.
As a result of passage of the New York State Education Law on Internet Safety and Appropriate Use (Education Law Section 814), the State Education Department (NYSED) provides assistance and resources to schools concerning the safe and responsible use of the Internet. One such resource developed was a rubric to assist school administrators and educators with reviewing their instructional programs with a focus on Internet safety. Please see: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/internet_safety/ InternetSafetyProgramEvaluationrubric.html.
An AUP serves as the guideline for the use of Internet, web-based products, and computer access provided by school districts. The AUP is a written agreement outlining the terms and conditions for the use of technology-based devices maintained by schools and personal technology-based devices used during school hours on school property.
For more information and guidance on Internet use at school and the AUP, please see: