Learning Objective: In this lesson, you will learn what an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is, identify parts of an AUP, describe why an AUP is imperative in school or work place, and list specific rules that should be included in an AUP. Essential / Guiding Questions:
What is an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)?
Who, what, where, and when are AUPs located, read, and signed?
What are in-school, and real world, examples of consequences if one breaks a rule on an AUP?
How does the HPS AUP affect me?
What does PROHIBIT and CREDENTIALS mean?
What is an acceptable use policy for schools? An acceptable use policy (AUP) is a policy that outlines, in writing, how a school ordistrict expects its community members to behave with technology.
Check out the definition of Acceptable Use Policy from these sources (Click on the two images to open the links. They will open in a separate tab):
-Turn and Talk to a Partner: Discuss what things the two definitions have in common. Do they have anything that is different?
Click on the link below to navigate to www.instagrok.com. The website will open in a separate tab. Type in "Acceptable Use Policy" and click on the Grok button. This will open an idea web with links for you to read and watch. Please spend time doing this now.
The article below is from http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr093.shtml: WHAT IS AN AUP? The National Education Association suggests that an effective AUP contain the following six key elements:
a definition section,
a policy statement,
an acceptable uses section,
an unacceptable uses section, and
a violations/sanctions section.
The preamble explains why the policy is needed, its goals, and the process of developing the policy. This section should say that the school's overall code of conduct also applies to student online activity. The definition section defines key words used in the policy. Words and terms such as Internet, computer network, education purpose, and other possibly ambiguous terms need to be defined and explained to ensure student and parent comprehension. A policy statement must tell what computer services are covered by the AUP and the circumstances under which students can use computer services. Schools may, for example, base student access to computer services on the completion of a "computer responsibility" class that will enhance student understanding of the AUP guidelines. The acceptable uses section must define appropriate student use of the computer network. It may, for example, limit student use of the network to "educational purposes," which then must be defined. In the unacceptable uses section, the AUP should give clear, specific examples of what constitutes unacceptable student use. In determining what is unacceptable, the committee charged with drafting the AUP must consider
"what kind of computer network sites, if any, should be off limits to students;
what kind of student sending, forwarding, or posting of information, if any, should be prohibited, and
what kind of student behavior will be destructive to the computer network services and should, therefore, be restricted."
Among the sites that might be off limits to students are chat rooms and term paper vendors. In addition, AUPs often prohibit students from sending, forwarding, or posting sexually explicit messages, profanity, and harassing or violent messages. The violations/sanctions section should tell students how to report violations of the policy or whom to question about its application. "As a practical matter," says the NEA, "the AUP may simply provide that violations will be handled in accordance with the school's general student disciplinary code." MORE ABOUT AUPs A typical AUP has a section where students and parents sign the document, in acknowledgement that they are aware of students' restrictions to network access and releasing the school district of responsibility for students who choose to break those restrictions. Student AUPs vary greatly in tone, a review of about one dozen documents online shows. Some are student-friendly and warm, with clearly defined terms. Others sound cold, legalistic and sometimes vaguely threatening. In a "student-friendly" yet firm draft copy of an AUP for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California, students are told, "Your school has rules for acceptable behavior. Likewise, there are correct procedures and rules that govern the use of the information networks. If you don't follow these guidelines, you may lose your privileges to access the information highway." The Bellingham (Washington) School District AUP states that, "In a free and democratic society, access to information is a fundamental right of citizenship." Still, it goes on to say, "Independent student use of telecommunications and electronic information resources will be permitted upon submission of permission forms and agreement forms by parents of minor students (under 18 years of age) and by students themselves." The message is that students have intellectual freedom based on their taking responsibility for accepting limits to that freedom. SAFETY FIRST Many AUPs make students aware of basic Internet safety rules before they are allowed to surf independently. A popular resource, especially for elementary-age children, is Lawrence J. Magid's "My Rules for Online Safety." Among those rules are:
"I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
I will never agree to get together with someone I 'meet' online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will make sure it is in a public place and I will bring my mother or father along.
I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents."
Watch these short video clips to learn some of the rules/policies that are included in most Acceptable Use Policies:
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USES All Internet resources accessible through schools or work places should be provided equally to all users. Here are some examples of acceptable uses that you might see in an Acceptable Use Policy:
Ensure that the policy allows for access for ALL users.
Include the importance of respect for the privacy
Keep it simple and avoid extra words. Making the policy too technical might confuse people.
Separate policies from procedures. Policies do not change frequently; procedures change.
Make policies readily available and visible to the public.
Pay attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and by licenses for programs, data, songs, videos, and photos.
Include a statement that explains that no one has privacy from what they do on a school or work computer. Teachers and bosses have to watch and check what you do on the computer.
Communicate clearly that users are responsible for what they access online; parents are responsible for their children's Internet use.
Update your policy regularly. Be sure it reflects the Supreme Court CIPA decision.
Make sure users know they have to be responsible for the computer equipment (mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.)
Indicate that users are responsible for using the computers and the Internet in a courteous and ethical manner. No cyberbullies allowed.
Advise users to log into the school or work place network as themselves and not anyone else. Don't let anyone else use your log in credentials either.
Examples of Comics that show understanding of at least one part of an AUP:
Example Empowered Digital Use Policy:
I understand that using digital devices (whether personal or school owned) and the HPS network is a privilege, and when I use them according to the Responsible Use Guidelines I will keep that privilege. I will:
Use digital devices, networks, and software in school for educational purposes and activities
Keep my personal information (including home/mobile phone number, mailing address, user name, and user passwords) and that of others private
Show respect for myself and others when using technology (including social media)
Acknowledge and give positive feedback to others for their ideas and work online
Report inappropriate use of technology immediately
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