Guidelines for acceptable use of ICT by students is expressed on the KICE iPad Agreements and in the KICE ICT – Acceptable Use Policy (below). School rules, policies and procedures bind iPad use in all things that relate to school.
The following policy outlines for parents, important issues relating to the acceptable use and provision of technologies at Kangaroo Island Community Education.
School iPad Auditing
ICT technicians audit/check each iPad once a term for appropriate use of apps, data and school ICT services. This includes browsing history, appropriate apps and condition of the iPad/case and charger. iPad’s are collected and audited at random when students are/or suspected of using inappropriately.
Appropriate Use of Technology By Students
- The Students’ KICE iPad Agreement and the KICE ICT – Acceptable Use Policy, school rules, policies and procedures bind student use of technologies in all things that relate to school
- Staff may need to access to and handle student iPads to assist them, and support appropriate use and behaviour
- Significant problems in relation to iPad use may lead to a student’s iPad being confiscated
- Students may be instructed to delete apps or content from their iPad that is inappropriate for school
Apple ID and Apps
- In accordance with Apple’s terms and conditions, parents are asked to manage the Apple ID for children under 13 years of age
- Parents of children older than 13 years of age can decide whether their child can manage their Apple ID account
All students and staff need to be aware that;
“South Australia has very clear laws in relation to the use of devices to record sound, images and video and the distribution thereof. This has been in response to the inappropriate use of such devices to humiliate and degrade persons, particularly young people. The Listening and Surveillance Devices Act 1972 and the Summary Offences (Filming Offences) Amendment 2013 have provisions for penalties ranging from jail terms to substantial fines for committing offences under the act.”
It is good policy to ask before you record, take an image or video another person to ensure you do not inadvertently commit an offence.
Offences deliberately committed will be dealt with by the school using the relevant KICE/DECD policies and may be referred to SAPOL as we have a legal obligation to do so.
Appropriate Use of School Technology Facilities By Families
- The primary modes of written communication by the school are email and print outs
- ICT facilities provided by the school are intended to support learning and facilitate communication
- All facilities are to be used in a moral, ethical and legal manner
- The confidentiality of all content and communication accessed via school facilities is to be respected
- The school reserves the right to access user data as part of investigations
- The school will endeavour to provide an appropriate level of security and resilience of data accessed and stored on our network, but no guarantees are provided
- The primary purpose of the iPad is to support educational processes
- Maintenance and management of family-supplied iPads remain the responsibilities of families
- Each child is responsible for the physical security of his/her iPad
- Parents should immediately notify the school if their child’s iPad is damaged or lost at school
Support For This Policy Provided By The School
In support of appropriate student use of information and communication technologies (ICT), the school will:
- Assist students to understanding and demonstrate appropriate behaviour and positive digital citizenship
- lockers for iPads storage when not in use.
- an email account to support communication
- controlled or filtered internet connection
- storage for files on the school network
- a log of internet access
- Files saved on the school network are part of our back-up regime
In the case of inappropriate or unacceptable use:
- The school will respond in accord with our rules, policies and procedures
- The accounts of users may be suspended
- Appropriate law enforcement agencies and Government authorities may be notified
Staff use of ICT is bound by the DECD ICT Policies found on LearnLink.
- The iPad remains the property of the School.
- The School can request the iPad be returned for any reason at any time.
- If the student leaves prior to completing Year 9, the iPad must be returned to the school at the time of departure.
- All material on the iPad as well as material accessed using the school network is subject to review by School staff.
- Students have the option to buy their iPad at the end of Year 9 if all hire and damage fees have been paid in full.
Damage or Loss of Equipment
- Loss, damage or theft of the iPad must immediately be reported to the School.
- The parent or student will be required to pay for the cost of repairs or for a replacement iPad.
- In the case of suspected theft or malicious damage caused by another person off-site from the School, a police report must be made by the family and an incident number provided to the School.
- Students will be required to replace lost or damaged chargers, covers or other peripherals.
Faulty Equipment Students who experience problems with their iPad must notify the IT Help Desk. The iPad will be repaired as quickly as possible and returned to the student. Where there is an issue with software, the main course of action will be to re-image the iPad. The student will be provided with a replacement iPad if available. When an iPad is replaced, it will be replaced with one of a similar age and specification where possible.
The student is responsible for:
- Bringing the iPad fully charged to school every day.
- Taking the iPad to every class unless instructed otherwise by a teacher.
- Adhering to the School’s ICT Acceptable Use Policy
- Backing up data securely on the school network and at home.
- Ensuring that the identification sticker is not removed from the iPad.
- Keeping the iPad secure when not in use at school by placing it in a locked school locker.
Following appropriate safety and care procedures including:
- Transporting the iPad in the case provided at all times.
- Not packing/placing heavy items such as textbooks on top of iPad that could cause damage.
- Handling the iPad carefully and taking care not to drop it.
- Ensuring that food and drinks are kept well away from the iPad.
A student who does not fulfil these responsibilities may have their right to take the iPad home removed.
The student’s parents/carers are responsible for:
- Supervising the student’s iPad and Internet use at home to ensure that the student is using the iPad safely and responsibly. KICE cannot filter Internet content accessed by your child on the iPad from home and other locations away from school. KICE recommends the use of appropriate Internet filtering software, contact your internet service provider for more information.
- Paying any costs incurred by the School in repairing or replacing the iPad where the student has been deemed responsible.
Appropriate insurance cover – i.e. home and contents insurance – must be arranged for the whole of the period during which the iPad is off school premises; this applies for periods of transit in private vehicles. Otherwise you will be liable for the cost of replacement out of your own pocket. Department Insurance will not cover this. Please read your home insurance product disclosure statement carefully, to ensure you are covered.