Responsible Use of Technology
Expectations for Using District Technology
At the start of each year, students submit an Individual User Access Informed Consent and Release Form that is signed by both the student and parent. The form details the expectations for student use of technology and lists the violations that would result in a student losing access to district provided technology.
Our school district uses filtering technology to keep our students safe when using online resources.
Chromebooks and Google K12 Accounts
Students in grades 3-6 use Chromebooks to access district curriculum as well as Google K12 accounts and internet resources. Click here to view a presentation on the Care and Responsible Use of Chromebooks and Google K12 Accounts
The Internet Skills and Awareness Curriculum
It takes a team effort to teach our students the necessary internet skills and awareness they will need to succeed and stay safe online. Teacher-Librarians, classroom teachers, and our district's Technology Specialists work together to teach our students how to use technology effectively and responsibly. Through Library and classroom based lessons, students are taught how to access, evaluate, read, cite, create, and share electronic resources. At the same time, they are learning to be safe, responsible, and informed users of online information. Over the years, as students participate in new learning activities and review previously learned concepts, students develop an ever-expanding understanding of digital media and internet safety.
We believe that students, staff, and parents can work together to keep ourselves informed and safe as our digital age continues to create new opportunities and challenges.
The Shoreline School district has approved the use of Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship curriculum for teaching internet skills and awareness to students in grades 1-6. The curriculum covers many issues, including how to respond to cyberbullying.
Students are also taught to evaluate websites. View this “Website Evaluation Guide”
Tweens, Teens, Cell Phones, and Social Media
Parents and students often discuss the use of cell phones and social media in elementary school. Legally, the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act" states that children under the age of 13 are not allowed to sign up for social media accounts. Examples: Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
The following information was shared with families by Einstein Middle School Principal, Nyla Fritz. The guidelines she shares are also helpful in elementary school. Families, we need your help. Social media can be a tricky beast for our young people to navigate. Please take a minute to consider these suggestions to help your teen/tween develop healthy phone habits and online activities:
- Check phones in at a specific time and in a central place – with the adults! – each night.
- Regularly talk with your child about what’s happening online. Have them show you their accounts on their own devices. Talk about things they see, questions they have, any concerns going on.
- Lots of parents turn off data during the day – great idea!
- If your family’s policy is to not have any social media until a specific age – stand strong! We have lots of kids who don’t have any social media until at least 8th grade and often into high school.
- Remind your student that the rule at school is “off and away until the end of the day.” Please know that your student can always ask to give you a call or turn on their phone to shoot you a quick text. But they are put in an awkward situation when you expect them to answer text messages from you when their phone is actually supposed to be turned off.
- Please continue to reinforce the need to report concerns they have.
- Common Sense Media – Parent Concerns and Internet Safety
- Common Sense Media – Parenting Tips
- Common Sense Media - Conversation Cases for Families
- Common Sense Media - Family Toolbox
- Common Sense Media Reviews – Read ratings and age recommendations for movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books, and music
- Common Sense Media – Blog
- Six Messaging Apps that Teens Can Use To Share Iffy Secrets
- Did you miss the our recent Social Media for Parents presentation by Officer Stephanie Thomas? Click here to read her informational handouts.