Technology today is within all of our reach through mobile phones, tablets and other devices. In addition to being safe in our physical world, we also need to be concerned about ‘Cybersafety’ or ‘Digital Safety’.
AISD's Technology Policies and Procedures
AISD has several policies in place in reference and related to the use of technology in the district, Board Policies CQ, FFH and FFI. In addition, the Internet Safety Plan (ISP) talks about AISD's approach in dealing with Cyber-safety issues, such as network monitoring and filtering, and training of all staff.
All staff sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the beginning of the year, with which they promise to adhere to AISD's rules on appropriate and inappropriate use of technology. Because the safety of your student comes first, the AISD Technology Department is not only training all staff on Cyber Safety Awareness and Response, but your student will also receive a lesson on this topic. Among other things, Cyberbullying and Predators will be addressed.
You and your family can also be pro-active by talking to each other about these topics. We have provided information and resources for students on these topics as well in the Quick Links section on the right.
The term 'Digital Citizenship' implies that, just as we are expected to be good citizens in the real world, we need to adhere to certain, unwritten, rules online. We need to recognize right from wrong and treat others with respect. For our children that means for example that they have to recognize a legitimate online source for a research project. Cyberbullying is a contemporary topic that is addressed in several ways in AISD classrooms.
Cyber Safety is the safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It is one of our primary concerns as we integrate technology in Austin ISD classrooms. 'Cyber Safety' or 'Internet Safety' are umbrella terms that cover things such as not talking to strangers on the internet, not opening emails from people you don't know, and not sharing personal information. Submitting any personal information online is subject to undesirable invasion of privacy. With the explosion of Social Media, communication rules have changed. Cyberbullying, or online bullying, has replaced the traditional bullying. It is pertinent our kids understand how to behave appropriately online, what type of information to share online, and how to keep themselves and others safe online. Staff are trained to be aware and respond to any suspicious behavior that might be an indication on bullying.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are just a few Social Media applications today's students frequently use. Within AISD network, student access to these services are blocked. Teachers have full access to all Social Media. As of this writing AISD is evaluating how Social Media can be used as instructional tools. Many schools and Central Office Departments use twitter to communicate with the general public.