Columbus High School
Usage Rules for Columbus High School
- All students are issued an electronic device (MacBook or HP Laptop) to be used in the classroom for learning purposes.
- Because every student is issued a school laptop / MacBook, cell phones will not be allowed during the instructional day (7:45 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.). Cell phones and other electronic communication devices- whether working or not working- will be confiscated when discovered. The “academic school day” is defined as the time between the first bell of the day and the time the student has departed the building at the end of his/her classes. This does not apply while students are involved in after-school athletics and after-school extra-curricular activities.
Furthermore, the penalty for possession and/or use outside of the BYOD agreement is confiscation and return to parent at the end of the day. All confiscated devices will be turned in to the main office by the end of each day. Parents/guardians will be able to pick up the devices only from the main office.
A student who refuses to turn over his/her phone or other electronic/communication device for confiscation when asked by a school official will receive a one day out-of-school suspension. Penalties may be increased for flagrant use of communication devices.
- Student must bring their electronic device to school every day.
- The electronic device must be fully charged each day.
- Teachers will decide when electronic device s will be used within the lesson.
- Students are to use the electronic device for instructional purposes only. Students are not allowed to watch movies, you-tube videos, etc. unless these items are related to the subject area.
- Electronic devices, headphones, earbuds, etc. cannot be used in the hallways.
- The electronic device may not be used to record, transmit, post or take photos or videos of any students or staff member.
- When using the electronic device in a classroom setting, students will login and access the dedicated Internet site for CHS.
- Students must follow all guidelines within the district acceptable use policy.
- Students are SOLELY responsible for the electronic device assigned to them.
- Students are not to loan out their electronic device.
- Students are not to share their passwords with other students.
- The use of a school issued electronic device is a privilege, not a right; therefore, students not adhering to the rules will receive discipline consequences up to and including an office referral.
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What is Digital Citizenship all about?
Digital Citizen: A person who usse the Internet regularly and effectively
A good digital citizen is one who knows what is right and wrong, exhibits intelligent technology behavior, and makes good choices when using technology. Characteristics of a good digital citizen include:
- Being confident and capable of using information communication technologies
- Using technology to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
- Developing and using critical thinking skills in cyberspace
- Using technology to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
- Respecting the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
- Contributing to and actively promoting the values of digital citizenship
How can you become a good digital citizen?
- Think long term. What seems fun today could have long-term consequences.
- Keep personal information private.
- Use privacy settings on your social network pages. Don’t use public posting.
- Protect your friends’ privacy as well as yours.
- Use the Golden Rule online – treat others the way you want to be treated.
What is a Digital Footprint?
Digital Footprint: A word used to describe the trail, traces, or “footprints” that people leave online
Digital life is both public and permanent. Everything we do online creates digital footprints that migrate and persist. Something that happens on the spur of the moment – a funny picture, an angry post – can resurface years later. And if we aren’t careful, our reputations can be harmed. In addition, a bad digital footprint can affect our future livelihood. Colleges now are checking the social media postings of potential students, and employers are doing the same for applicants. A few bad clicks can ruin your reputation, hurt your changes for admission to college and prevent you for getting the job you really want one day!
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Social media can be a positive experience. Think before you post!