Educational Design and Technology

Internet Safety Resources

Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) Components

Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) in school districts are the guidelines and principles for the use of Internet, Web-based products, and computer access provided by school districts. An AUP is usually a written agreement signed by students, their parents/caregivers, and their teachers, outlining the terms and conditions for using technology-based devices maintained by schools and personal technology-based devices used during school hours on school property. The New York State Education Department recommends that school administrators include a written AUP agreement with students and teachers. AUPs help protect administrators, students, parents, and the Internet community from irresponsible, abusive or illegal activities. The links below provide a starting point to outline terms and conditions for AUP's to meet school and district needs.

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Internet filters are software tools that can help monitor or restrict Web content viewed on computers or networks by controlling what is shown while a computer user is viewing pages. Filters are designed to provide protections from controversial online content by intercepting and blocking attempts to view particular web pages, with controls usually unable to be disabled except by an administrator. In addition to filtering content, Internet filters can also help manage with whom computer users can communicate and how long a computer may be used.

Passed by Congress in December 2000, the Children's Internet Protection Act applies to all schools and libraries that receive E-rate discounts for Internet access and internal connections. On April 5, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued regulations regarding filtering for schools and libraries receiving non-telecommunications E-rate discounts:
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) external link icon

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Cyberethics refers to the code of behavior for using the Internet, to include honesty, respect for rights and property of others, consideration of others. "Cybercitizenship," "cyber ethics," and "netiquette" refer to responsible cyber social behavior. Cyber ethics is a critical component of Information Literacy teaching and learning, as mischevious or intentional misuse of computers can be dangerous and adversely affect individuals and organizations.

The following links provide additional information about cyberethics:

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Last Updated: May 16, 2016