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Policy on Use of Technology


In an ever-changing world, the use of Information and Communications technology (ICT) has become an integral aspect of society. Canberra Secondary School uses instructional Information and Communications technology (ICT) as a teaching and learning method which fosters the development of our student’s key skills in going forward to be proficient in their use of ICT.

Nonetheless, it is a priority that the school’s classes and activities are conducted in a manner where unnecessary distractions or disruptions are prohibited. Therefore, it is necessary that our community at Canberra Secondary School use technology responsibly, ethically and respectfully of others.

The aim of this Responsible Use of Technology is to ensure that students will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege.

Acceptable Use Policy

This policy applies to all students in this school and the use of our school’s ICT facilities, equipment, and resources, as well as users’ personal devices (e.g. mobile phones/tablets/laptops). ICT facilities, equipment, and resources include the following, but are not limited to, school’s internet network, IT Lab, hardware (e.g. laptops, tablets, computers), software (e.g. school’s learning management system, productivity software, online tools) and peripherals (e.g. projector, scanner, camera).

1. Users are responsible for using personal devices and school-owned ICT facilities, equipment, and resources for the purpose of learning. Personal use such as gaming and engaging in social media platforms is strictly prohibited.

2. Users are not allowed to charge personal devices in their classrooms. They are expected to charge their devices at home.

3. Users are responsible for any resource that is borrowed from school for the duration of the loan. The user will bear the cost of damage, theft or loss due to negligence and face disciplinary action in accordance to the school’s discipline policy.

4. Users are responsible and accountable for all activities conducted via their own account(s), including logging in to the school's wireless network for internet access.

5. Users are responsible for the security of their account IDs and passwords. All account IDs and passwords should not be shared with anyone.

6. Users should not use their accounts for any illegal or unethical activities. These include posting online remarks that are racially and religiously insensitive, vulgar and/or offensive statements, disruptive of public order and intentionally causing emotional distress/harm to others.

7. Users should not use school-owned computing devices for any online trade (i.e. buying and selling of goods and services).

8. Users should not use devices to store, modify or create content (e.g. documents, presentations, pictures, videos) that is pornographic or defamatory in nature.

9. Users should not post or share any indecent, obscene, pornographic, defamatory material/message that offends and causes distress to other people.

10. Users are reminded that threats, harassment, embarrassment, impersonation and intimidation to others are chargeable offences under Singapore Legal System.

11. Users are expected to remain courteous and polite in all online interactions.

12. Users should not access, download, copy or share any copyrighted materials (such as pictures, videos, music) without explicit permission from the owner.

13. Users should not own, copy or share software in an unauthorized or illegal manner.

14. The rights of all materials and data created using the school’s ICT facilities and resources are jointly owned by the school and the user.

15. The school reserves the right to record and retain data on school-owned devices and/or accounts issued by the school for investigation or evidence.

16. Violation of any policies, rules or administrative procedures may result in a temporary suspension or revocation of student’s account. The student may also face disciplinary action in accordance to the school’s discipline policy.

Use of Laptops and BYOD

Staff and students are expected to use technology resources, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) such as laptops/tablets/mobile phones in an appropriate manner which is consistent with the School’s Acceptable Use Policy and recognises the rights and feelings of others. Consideration must be given at all times to the possible effect of one’s actions when using technology at school or at home.

Students are expected to keep their technology devices safely stored when not in use, in their classroom's metal cabinet which must be locked. The School is not responsible for lost or stolen devices. Students are not to have laptops out in the playground during recess and lunch breaks. Laptops should be kept locked in cabinet provided in the classroom or student's bag when not in use.

Use of Social Media Networks

With regards to the use of social networking sites (e.g. facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.) :

1. Users should not access social networking sites unless expressly permitted by the school and/or as part of a specific learning activity

2. Users shall be discerning when accessing websites. They shall avoid websites of unknown or disreputable origin.

3. Users shall be responsible for all content that they upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the school network.

4. Users shall not upload or download, send or post, enter or publish any content to the internet that is objectionable or illegal under the Singapore Law.

5. Users shall not upload or download, send or post, enter or publish any content to the internet that is against the public interest, public order, national interest, racial and religious harmony , or which offends good taste or decency, or is otherwise indecent, obscene, pornographic or defamatory.

6. Users shall be mindful of public nature of the internet and shall not discuss or disclose confidential and proprietary information of the school or any organisation.

7. Users shall be respectful to staff and students and their rights for privacy.

8. Users shall be mindful of the need to protect their own privacy.