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An explanation of a Responsible Use Policy for an elementary school. We present this to ALL students at the start of each school year. It is generic enough to adapt to other schools.

An explanation of a Responsible Use Policy for an elementary school. We present this to ALL students at the start of each school year. It is generic enough to adapt to other schools.

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  • TEACHER NOTE: You will receive a RUP Agreement form on which ALL your students can sign their name. If you have anyone absent you can review the RUP Agreement with them and they can sign it too. Put it in my in-box and I’ll make a copy for you, and your partner teacher(s) to keep it on file for the year. “ We are going to learn about our school District’s Responsible Use Policy, which explains what you can and cannot do on computers and networks at our school”
  • “ There is a paper that I will hand out to you after this presentation. I am going to explain to you what it says, so you understand what you are signing. If you have questions at the end of this training, we can talk about them.”
  • “ I’ll call the Responsbile Use Policy, RUP, for short from now on. You will need to sign it and return it to me . No one should use computers or networks at our school until this has been explained to you and you have agreed to follow these rules. Even we teachers have all agreed to follow such rules, too. If we break the rules, we can lose our job! Using technology can be lots of fun, but we have to use it responsibly, or the privilege will be taken away.”
  • “ When I talk about technology in this presentation, I’m referring to things like computers, tablets, E-readers, cellphones, printers, iPods and the Internet. And “Technology” applies to school equipment as well as devices you bring to school”
  • “ You’ll hear the word ‘network’ used a lot in this policy. A network is a way for us to connect to the World Wide Web or the Internet or to a printer. A network can be invisible to us. It uses cables or radio waves, just like televisions, cell phones and radios do. The types of equipment that can be connected to a network are…(read types of equipment).”
  • “ This means that you can only use computers and the network at our school for things that I, or other teachers, have assigned to you. You cannot do whatever you want on the computers, only for what I give you permission. So, for example, if you have a birthday party coming up and you want to create some party invitations on the computers at school, can you do that? Why not? Possible answer: Because your teacher did not assign it to you. Even teachers are not supposed to use school time for say: shopping, personal email, Facebook, and so on. And we should not print personal photos, recipes, vacation plans, etcetera. You will never be on the Internet without my permission or go to any other website other than the websites I instruct you to use. If you are unsure, ASK ME.”
  • “ You are never to put your home address or any phone numbers or pictures of yourself on the Internet while at school. And you should only do so at home if you have your parents’ permission”
  • “ I will be giving each of you, later, a username and password to use to log onto most student computers at our school. This is your private information for your use only and not to be shared.” Teachers: you can use the analogy of a house key. A house key is for you to use and you alone to get into your house. Even if you have a best friend, you would not give your best friend your house key. A password is like that. It doesn’t belong to anyone but you. “ The next part of this rule says that you also may not attempt to use or discover anyone else’s password. If you do, you can lose your computer privileges in the school. If you suspect or know that someone has attempted to discover or use your password, it is your responsibility to report to your teacher, the Technologist, the counselor, or an administrator.”
  • “ If you have any questions about what is kind and respectful, you need to ask. But I think you know how to be polite, and you should behave this same way when you are using technology to communicating with anyone. No teasing. No threatening. No gossip. And NO FORWARDING such messages.”
  • “ Cyberbullying is being disrespectful or unkind to someone when you are using technology. Damaging technology could mean being too rough with the equipment or downloading a virus. Plagiarizing is when you download something or you copy information from the Internet, without permission from the owner. Wasting or abusing technology is playing online games, downloading software or music, watching video broadcast, participating in chat rooms or are not using technology for school projects and assignments”
  • “ The first rule of the RUP is that your documents that you create here at our school are yours alone and are not to be touched by anyone else. And the same is true for others…you are not to interfere in any way with their documents. If you suspect that anyone has opened your documents, it is YOUR responsibility to let your teacher, or the Campus Technologist know. There may be times, like group projects, when you have permission to open another students’ files”
  • “ I don’t think any of you would intentionally go anywhere inappropriate on the internet, but should you accidentally find an inappropriate site, you should quietly let me or whomever is supervising you know. You can close the browser window if this should happen. Do not show it to friends.”
  • “ If you choose to be impolite or not follow these rules when using technology at our school, YOU are responsible for your actions and there will be consequences.”
  • “ You may bring these type of devices from home only if a teacher has given you permission. Devices will be used for learning purposes only. They will not to be used to just play games or for entertainment.”
  • Teachers: This is all self-explanatory so you may want to add specifics about how these will be handled in your classroom and what classroom rules you have. On the last bullet, you can explain: “This means that if something is not working on your phone, and you do not know how to fix it, you cannot expect help from anyone here at school.”
  • “ The use of computers and all technology equipment at our school is not a “right” to which you are entitled. It is a privilege. So, make good choices whenever you are using technology and it will be a fun, rewarding experience. If you choose to NOT follow the rules and technology use can be taken away.”
  • TEACHERS: You should have received a RUP Agreement form on which ALL your students can sign their name. Get each child to sign the agreement. If you have anyone absent you can review the RUP Agreement with them and they can sign it too. Put it in the in-box and I’ll make a copy for you, and your partner teacher(s) to keep it on file for the year. You may prefer to have them sign certain lines (alpha order) so missing students would be obvious. “ Please sign the R.U.P. Agreement and hand it to your teacher to begin using technology.”


  • 1. Responsible Use Policy Agreement
  • 2. The Agreement
  • 3. Responsible Use Policy R.U.P. is the abbreviation You must sign the agreement (Your parents signed it online already) Teachers agree to a R.U.P., too. Using technology is fun…let’s be responsible!
  • 4. What is Technology? Computers Tablets (such as an Apple iPad) Electronic Readers (e-readers, such as Nook and Kindle) Cell Phones Printers iPods Internet
  • 5. What is a Network? A connection of wireless signals or wires A way for you to connect to the World Wide Web (Internet) or to a printer. What types of equipment can be on a network? – Computer, cell phone, iPod, tablet, printer
  • 6. May I Do Anything I Want? Only use computers oruse computers or networks for…networks for… School assignmentsSchool assignments and projectsand projects You must have teacherYou must have teacher permission before usingpermission before using the Internetthe Internet
  • 7. Personal Privacy No posting personal information about one’s self or others (such as addresses, phone numbers, and pictures).
  • 8. Passwords Do notDo not allow anyone else use yourallow anyone else use your username, password, or files forusername, password, or files for any reason.any reason. Do notDo not use or try to discoveruse or try to discover another user’s password.another user’s password.
  • 9. How We Treat Each Other Only communicate in ways that are kind and respectful – just as you would in person.
  • 10. Inappropriate Use CyberbullyingCyberbullying Causing damageCausing damage PlagiarizingPlagiarizing Wasting or AbusingWasting or Abusing
  • 11. Sharing Files Only open, view, modify, and delete your own computer files. Keep your hands off other’sKeep your hands off other’s keyboards and devices.keyboards and devices.
  • 12. What If …? Report immediately to a teacher any threatening messages or Internet files/sites that make you uncomfortable.
  • 13. Its Not My Fault ! YOU are responsible for your actions at all times. Make smart choices He did it first! No, it’s his fault!
  • 14. Bring Your Own Device Students may bring their own eReaders (such as Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc.) to their classroom when the teacher deems them appropriate for educational purposes. These devices might not be allowed to access Internet content through the district’s wireless network while at school.
  • 15. More about B.Y.O.D. All devices should be clearly labeled with your full name. You are responsible for your personal property that you bring to school and should keep it with you or in a locked space. Devices should be charged prior to bringing to school. Devices you bring are not eligible for technical support.
  • 16. Remember this…. Technology use at school is a Privilege!
  • 17. The Agreement