Cyber safety policy

Acceptable Use Policy
The computer systems at school are for the benefit of the whole community.
All students (Class I – XII) who use these facilities must abide by the following regulations, which place reasonable limitations on behavior and usage to protect the School from misuse of its systems.

General Computer Use at School

Students :
Must respect school equipment and not damage, fiddle with or move IT equipment from their actual position.
Must immediately inform concerned teachers if they find any damage done to a computer or any other related equipment.
Must use their own user area and not attempt to access other user’s areas or files.
Must keep their password secret from other people and change it immediately if they consider it is known by others.
May only use the computer for school Project work / Inter School events ensuring that their user area only contains items related to school work.
May use flash drives or other media if installed on the computers, but only for purpose of transferring or saving their work. Attempting to run any programs from removable media is strictly forbidden.

May not eat or drink whilst sitting at a computer station.
May not try to obtain unauthorized access to programs, services, areas and facilities on site or at other internet sites (usually referred to as ‘hacking’) using school facilities.
Must not intentionally attempt to install any software or viruses on to school equipment.
Must not intentionally waste resources (e.g. paper and ink) or violate copyright law.

Internet Use
All internet access is filtered to try to reduce the chance of students accessing inappropriate material.

Must receive permission from a member of staff before accessing the internet.
Must access only appropriate sites for their work; any attempt to bypass filtering system or access social networking sites or chat rooms will be with the permission of a teacher for a work related item.
Must not claim to be representing the school in an official capacity when using the internet or e-mail or website.
Must not use any internet services to purchase goods or make any payments.

On the Internet – Play Safe (Every Child Matters)
As the internet allows you to do more and more online, it is extremely important to be aware of the dangers and how to stay safe.

Internet safety basics

Use social networks’ privacy settings so only your friends can see your stuff.
Never open an email from an unknown source – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer.
Don’t send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send you.
Passwords should be kept private (except from parents).

Strategies for responsible -- and safer -- online life
There’s no such thing as “private” online. Anything posted can be seen by or forwarded to strangers.
Must know what’s okay to post. Teen years are full of self-expression and rebellion. Just make sure that your you know your rules about suggestive material or other content that will reflect poorly on you. This means no embarrassing or cruel posts, no hate speech or groups, no compromising pictures you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.
Be a good digital citizen. Online cheating is still cheating and flagging inappropriate content isn’t tattling.

Encourage critical thinking. You should ask “who posted this? Why?” Thinking this way will help you find trustworthy information, and it will also help you avoid online scams that deliver spyware and viruses directly to your home. You should also think critically about your own posts. Learn to ask yourself, “Why am I posting this? Who will see it? Could it be misunderstood?”
Stay in safe neighborhoods. Just as you learn not to walk down dark alleys alone at night, you need to know how to avoid creepy places online.
Review your own habits carefully. Parents are the ultimate role models. Keep channels of communication open.
Better safe than sorry. Make sure you are comfortable telling your parents/teachers if anything menacing or cruel happens -- no matter what site you were on.

Chat Rooms and Forums
Never give out personal details in messenger or in personal profiles.
Never give a friend’s details.
Never meet up with anyone you befriend online.
Remember that people may not be who they say they are.
Remember that most reputable chat rooms allow you to block messages from a particular sender.
Be careful about who you share photos with.

Cyber Policy:

Reflecting on the over indulgence and dependence on the electronic gadgets (including mobile phone), CBSE, in July 2009, has termed them as sources of distraction which can also be misused.
Aiming to create meaningful learning atmosphere in the school and particularly in the Classroom, the school doesn't permit any student carrying any electronic article to the school.  Non compliance of the rules would be considered as an offence.
If a student is found in possession of it then the mobile phone would be confiscated and it becomes the school property.  Along with this, the school counselor would also take parental undertaking from the parents, stating that the offence would not be repeated.
The school looks forward to create an atmosphere wherein creativity and learning is nurtured and hence enabling holistic growth of every student.

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