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Technology and Internet Usage

Technology and Internet Usage

Acceptable Uses of the Computer or the Internet
The account provided by the Alliance should be used only for educational or professional purposes. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use of the computer network or the Internet is appropriate, s/he should consult a teacher or supervisor.

Unacceptable Uses of the Computer or the Internet
The following uses of the account provided by the Alliance are unacceptable:
·   Uses that violate any state or federal law or municipal ordinance are unacceptable.
·   Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
     1. Selling or purchasing any illegal substance
     2. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading child pornography, obscene depictions, harmful 
         materials, or materials that encourage others to violate the law
     3. Transmitting or downloading confidential information or copyrighted materials
     4. Social Networking, including but not limited to, Facebook, IM, Twitter,etc.

·   Uses that involve the accessing, transmitting, or downloading of inappropriate matters on the 
    Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational agency or other related authority.
·   Uses that involve obtaining and or using anonymous email sites.
·   Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property are unacceptable. Unacceptable 
    uses include, but are not limited to the following:
     1. Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' e-mails, files, or data
     2. Accessing another User’s email without their permission, and as a result of that access, 
         reading or forwarding the other User's e-mails or files without that User's permission
     3. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network
     4. Using profane, abusive, or impolite language
     5. Disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous e-mail messages
     6. Threatening, harassing, or making defamatory or false statements about others
     7. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials
     8. Accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, 
         or in any way degrading or disrupting any computer system performance
     9. Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of 
         "pyramid schemes”
   10. Using any district computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the district, or 
         attempting to access information that is protected by privacy laws

·   Uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into Accounts or other computer 
    networks are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
     1. Using other users' account passwords or identifiers
     2. Disclosing one's account password to other users or allowing other users to use one's 
         accounts
     3. Getting unauthorized access into other users' accounts or other computer networks
     4. Interfering with other users' ability to access their accounts

·   Commercial uses are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the 
    following:
     1. Selling or buying anything over the Internet for personal financial gain
     2. Using the Internet for advertising, promotion, or financial gain
     3. Conducting for-profit business activities and engaging in non-government related 
         fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes,
         lobbying for political purposes, or soliciting votes

Internet Safety
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), the Alliance will implement filtering and/or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors under 18 years of age. The software will work by scanning for objectionable words or concepts, as determined by the School District. [Note: CIPA does not enumerate any actual words or concepts that should be filtered or blocked. Thus, CIPA necessarily requires that the Alliance determine which words or concepts are objectionable.] However, no software is foolproof, and there is still a risk an Internet user may be exposed to a site containing such materials. An account user who incidentally connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or supervisor. If an Account user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher or supervisor immediately.

In compliance with CIPA, Alliance and its representatives will implement a mechanism to monitor all minors' on-line activities, including website browsing, email use, chat room participation and other forms of electronic communications. Such a mechanism may lead to the violation of this Policy, the appropriate disciplinary code or the law. Monitoring is aimed to protect minors from accessing inappropriate matter, as well as help enforce this policy, on the Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational agency or other related authority. Alliance reserves the right to monitor other users' (e.g., employees).