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School AUP

This is a dynamic document designed to support teachers, school media specialists, and education leaders in developing, maintaining, and enforcing Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) designed to: Promote the most effective, productive, and instructionally sound uses of digital, networked, and abundant information environments and Provide safe digital environments for learners and to instill safe practices and habits among the learning community.


Here you will find information about the latest on online safety, social networking and bullying research, anti-bullying processes, programs, and tools for schools to begin to develop a plan for creating a bully-free environment for their students. Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) resources are also provided. They have identified organizations, partners, tools and resources that are based on scientific research-based effective strategies to help you develop policies to help keep our students and families safe in our schools.

Acceptable Internet Use Policy

Virginia Department of Education has put together a comprehensive resource list of what to include and how to write an acceptable use policy (AUP)for your school or district. The page includes resources such as templates, samples, and resources relating to ethics, safety, and copyright.

Acceptable Use Policies

One in a series of brief, narrated slide presentations by Harvey Barnett, Senior Research Associate at WestEd. This presentation is 9 minutes long and focuses on why your school needs an acceptable use policy (AUP) and what it should contain. A printable version is also available.

Social Media Policy for School Districts: SlideShare

As schools increase their use of Web 2.0 tools and mobile technologies, acceptable use policies (AUP) need to be updated. This SlideShare presentation by Oxiem makes the case for moving from an AUP to a social media policy. Use the slideshow with staff to start the discussion. Keywords: AUP, acceptable use policy, social media, digital citizenship is devoted to keeping kids safe in cyberspace. It has resources you may want to share with parents and teachers in your schools, such as Child Safety on the Information Highway, an online brochure by Lawrence Magid. You might like to reference this site when you have parents sign their children's AUPs.

Building Blocks for Digital Citizenship- LiveBinder

In working with staff and students on issues related to good digital citizenship, school leaders need to consider four areas: policy; student education; staff development; and, parent education. This link leads to Susan Brooks-Young's LiveBinder shelf. Click on the binder called Building Blocks for Digital Citizenship to access resources addressing each of these areas. Keywords: digital citizenship, acceptable use policy, netiquette

1:1 Deployment and Change Management Guide

Fairfiled-Suisun Unified School district as put together a short guide to assist their district in creating a transparent approach to their one-to-one imitative. This guide provides school-based leadership with a step-by-step approach to deploying, maintaining, and supporting a vibrant and safe 1:1 learning environment. While most guides focus on the technical side of 1:1 deployments, this guide attempts to provide school administrators and faculty with best practices geared towards developing stakeholder buy-in, student accountability, and faculty awareness. Item including digital citizenship, professional development, acceptable use policy, and much more.

Rethinking Acceptable Use Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A Guide for School Districts

The purpose of this guide is to help schools and districts rethink and update their existing Acceptable Use Policies to better reflect technologies available today in K-12 classrooms. Eight policy questions to guide discussions are explored in this recently updated document.

K-12 Blueprint: Acceptable Use Policies

This website offers links to several sample Acceptable Use Policies that schools and districts may use as they develop or update policies of their own.


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