Information Technology

Electronic Device, Communication & Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The College promotes online safety. Digital devices and access provided by Cornerstone Christian College have network filtering and are monitored. Families are encouraged to implement online safety systems with their children.

This policy clarifies the acceptable use of Information and Communication Technology within Cornerstone Christian College by students.

There are six (6) parts to this policy; each seeking to guide students in the expectations of using technological devices on College grounds in a manner that develops excellence.

Each component encourages students to view themselves as part of a community, whereby they are responsible not only in the way they use technology within the College but are encouraged to hold those around them accountable to the standards expected. We expect that this dual responsibility will develop the individual student’s understanding of how they participate in community and the part they must play in shaping their community’s use of, and attitude towards, technology. This also reflects the Biblical teaching about relational community and our responsibility to encourage each other to grow as Jesus modelled. Following on from this principle, students who fail to respect these guidelines in this document will be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Students, as a member of our community, you are also expected to hold those around you accountable to these conditions, and if necessary, make a teacher aware of any situation that contravenes these conditions. This is part of helping those around you grow in wisdom and excellence in how they use technology.

(COD) – College Owned Computers and Laptops or iPads

· Student will respect College Owned Devices.
· Students are to log on with their own username and password only and keep it confidential; and they are to log out without interfering with any content if they find an unsupervised computer.
· Students are to log out or off when leaving the workstation (not simply lock the workstation).
· Students must not install software onto the College device without College permission.
· Students will not use any College owned device to play any form of game or visit a website other than that specified by a teacher for specific educational reasons.
· Student will adhere to the general Electronic Device Rules

(BYOD) – Bring Your Own Device

· Year 10,11 and 12 students must bring their BYOD to the College each day, with a fully charged battery, maintained in a usable condition: with enough storage space. This is an essential part of your study requirement.
· Student will adhere to the general Electronic Device Rules

(PDD) – Personal Digital Devices

The College discourages the bringing of PDD on to the campus. Only COD and BYOD are to be used on and around the campus. Any electronic device that has Wi-Fi or SIM capability – whether it is enabled or not, are PDD. Students bringing any smartphones, electronic tablets, non-COD or non-BYOD laptops or notebooks etc. on to the College campus are agreeing to abide by these conditions. A seperate addendum relates to Primary School students.

· If the PDD is brought to the College, the device will be stored in a student’s locker.
Contact with students must only occur via the College Admin (08 9754 1144). No mobile phone or other electronic contact during school hours without teacher or admin consent.
· Mobile phones and other digital devices are to be switched off when students arrive at the College until they leave the College grounds.
· If a staff member suspects a breach of this policy, they may request that the PDD is returned to the locker. Reoccurrence will lead to the PDD being confiscate and a member of leadership will be requested to investigate the breach.

Internet Use

· We encourage students to use this technology as a constructive and edifying tool for their education. Be aware, civil, and criminal rules apply.
· Students will not use any form of communication to tease, harass, threaten, or bully any other person.
· Students will not violate property right or copyright.
· Students will not use any private email, text, or chat whilst at the College.
· Students will only use the internet and visit the site as directed by teachers.

General Electronic Device Rules

· We encourage students to be physically and emotionally healthy and advocate face-to-face communication and activity. To prevent unsafe, anti-social and overuse of technology electronic devices are not permitted before school or during recess and lunch times, with one exception. If teacher sanctioned and for school purposes working in the library could occur.
· Students are responsible for the use and content on their device. No inappropriate content is to be stored on it, such as: music of a profane nature, or images/games that are pornographic, distasteful, non-religious or violent in nature. If in doubt, always err on the side of caution and remove such material.
· COD and BYOD are not to become a distraction from classwork and College staff always determine their use.
· The sending of messages by any electronic means, must be teacher sanctioned. Any communication must be non-abusive, non-threatening and without profanity. We encourage students to make effective use of technology to build others up and to communicate in a respectful manner.
· Electronic Devices are not to be used to play games or access apps that are not relevant to your learning.
· The camera is not to be used to capture compromising images or video of any person, or which are suggestive, mocking or show them in a state of semi undress or nudity. Students must always obtain permission from anyone whom they film or photograph before taking any image of another person. Students must check with the relevant teacher before publishing (online or for a print audience) any image of a student or staff member.

Damage to College-Owned, Bring-Your-Own or Personal Digital Devices

Due to the mobility of these devices, and the extensive personal use of them, there is an expectation that students will treat them with great care. Lost, stolen or damaged College owned devices (COD) will incur a charge. Cornerstone accepts no liability for loss or damage to Personal Digital Devices.

 

(PDD) – Personal Digital Devices (Primary School Policy)

The College discourages the bringing of PDD on to the campus. Any electronic device that has Wi-Fi or SIM capability – whether it is enabled or not, are PDD. Students bringing any smartphones, electronic tablets, laptops, notebooks, or smartwatches etc. on to the College campus must abide by the following conditions.

· If the PDD is brought to the College, the device will be stored in a student’s classroom and will be handed to the teacher upon arrival.
· Mobile phones and other digital devices are to be switched off when students arrive at the College until they leave the College grounds.
· Any PDD is not permitted at the bus stop and must remain in their bag until they are on the bus. Any communications regarding transportation home, may be viewed with the duty teacher present, after which the PDD must return to their bag.
· If a staff member suspects a breach of this policy, it will lead to the PDD being confiscate and a member of leadership will be requested to investigate the breach.

Contact with students must only occur via the College Admin (08 9754 1144). No mobile phone or other electronic contact during schoo l hours without teacher or admin consent.