Electronic Network Use Guidelines

General Guidelines The use of a network account is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action by school officials. A student’s activities while using the network in this school must be in support of education and research, and consistent with the educational objectives of the District School Board of Pasco County. In addition, a student accessing the network from a school site is responsible for all online activities which take place through the use of his or her account. When using another organization’s network or computing resources to and/or on the Internet, the student must comply with the rules appropriate for that network.

Acceptable Uses of the Network

•all activities which support learning and teaching in Pasco County Schools

•users are encouraged to develop uses which meet their individual needs and which take advantage of the network’s functions: electronic, conferences, bulletin boards, data bases, and access to the Internet. Examples of Unacceptable Uses of the Network

•using impolite, abusive, or objectionable language;

•using the network in ways that violate federal, state, or local laws;

•activities which cause congestion of the network or otherwise interfere with the work of others;

•using the network for commercial purposes or financial gain:

•sending or receiving copyrighted materials without permission:

•using the network for sending or retrieving obscene materials;

•circumventing security and/or authentication measures;

•unauthorized access to another’s resources, programs, or data;

•vandalizing network resources, including the uploading or creation of computer viruses;

•falsifying one’s identity to others while using the network;

•installation of unauthorized software on the computer networks;

•use of network resources to commit forgery, or to create a forged instrument.

Public Information

•Electronic communications should never be considered completely private. The District School Board of Pasco County is subject to Florida Statures regarding public information access. As such, all electronic messages are a matter of public record.

Student’s Agreement

Students sign an agreement that is located in their student planner agreeing with these guidelines.