Hamilton Girls’ High School General Cybersafety Rules 2013 (Students and staff)
1. All staff and students are required to sign use agreements with the school. (This can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page)
2. Use of any ICT must be appropriate to the school environment
2.1. For educational purposes only. The school’s computer network, Internet access facilities, computers and other schooI ICT equipment/devices can be used only for
educational purposes appropriate to the school environment.
Unacceptable use could include acts of a malicious or nuisance nature, invasion of privacy, harassment,
bullying, hacking, altering the settings on any ICT device or equipment without authorisation, plagiarism, gaming, impersonation/identity theft, spoofing, gambling,
fraud, copyright infringement, or cheating in an examination.
2.2. Privately-owned ICT. Use of privately-owned/leased ICT equipment/devices on the school site, or at any school-related activity must be appropriate to the school environment.
This includes any images or material present/stored on privately-owned/leased ICT equipment/devices brought onto the school site or to any school-related activity. It also
includes the use of mobile phones, ipods, MP3’s and USB disks and any developments in the future.
2.3. Responsibilities regarding access of inappropriate or illegal material.
When using school ICT, or privately-owned ICT on the school site or at any school-related activity or off-site, users must not:
· initiate access to inappropriate or illegal material
· save or distribute such material by copying, storing or printing.
In the event of accidental access of such material, users should:
1. not show others
2. close or minimise the window
3. report the incident
- Students should report to a teacher immediately
- Staff should report such access as soon as practicable to the Cybersafety Manager or a member of the senior leadership team.
2.4. Misuse of ICT. ICT must not be used to facilitate behaviour which is either inappropriate in the school environment or illegal.
3. Individual password logons (user accounts)
3.1. Individual user name and passwords are required and must be kept confidential. These must be changed every two months.
3.2. Access by another person. Users should not allow another person access to any equipment/device logged in under their own user account.
3.3. Appropriate use of email. Individual, class or group e-mail accounts are expected to be used in a responsible manner and in accordance with this use agreement.
This includes ensuring that no electronic communication could cause offence to others or harass or harm them, put the owner of the user account at potential risk,
or in any other way be inappropriate in the school environment or bring the school’s name into disrepute.
4. Disclosure of personal details
4.1. For personal safety, users should not reveal personal information about themselves, such as home or email addresses, or any phone numbers including mobile numbers.
Such information should not be passed on about others.
5. Care of ICT equipment/devices
5.1. All school ICT equipment/devices should be cared for in a responsible manner. If ICT equipment is damaged, it may be necessary for the school to inform
your parent/legal guardian/caregiver. Your family may have responsibility for the cost of repairs or replacement, if deemed to be other than normal wear and tear.
5.2. Any damage, loss or theft must be reported immediately to the Cybersafety Manager.
5.3. You should use data storage devices such as disks, only in accordance with school regulations. This includes portable devices such as USB and flash memory devices.
6.1. All users are expected to practise sensible use to limit wastage of computer resources or bandwidth. This includes avoiding unnecessary printing, and unnecessary
Internet access, uploads or downloads, including photographs and large graphics.
7. Connecting software/hardware
7.1. Users must not attempt to download, install or connect any unauthorised software or hardware onto school ICT equipment, or utilise such software/hardware.
This includes use of such technologies as Bluetooth, infrared, and wireless, and any other similar technologies which may be developed. Any user with a query or a
concern about this issue should speak with the Cybersafety Manager.
7.2. Students wishing to use their own devices on the school wireless network must register their device with the Cybersafety Manager.
8. Copyright and licensing
8.1. Copyright laws and licensing agreements must be adhered to.
9. Posting material
9.1. All material submitted for publication on the school Internet/Intranet should be appropriate to the school environment.
9.2. There is only one official school website. Contributions can only be made after approval has been given by the Senior Leadership Team. Students need permission
from their subject teacher to contribute material to the school Internet/Intranet site. As well, there should be no student/staff involvement in any unofficial
Internet/Intranet site which purports to be representative of the school or of official school opinion without sanction from the Senior Leadership Team
(e.g. Facebook pages with HGHS name).
10.1. The school reserves the right at any time to check work or data on the school’s computer network, Internet access facilities, computers and other school ICT equipment/devices.
For example, in order to help make sure that the school stays cybersafe, teachers may at any time check student email or work.
10.2. If there is a suspected breach of the use agreement involving privately-owned ICT, the matter may be investigated by the school. The school may ask to check or audit that ICT
equipment/device as part of its investigation into the alleged incident.
11.1. Depending on the seriousness of a particular breach of the use agreement, an appropriate response will be made by the school. Possible responses could include one or more
of the following: a discussion with the staff member/student, informing parents/legal guardian/caregiver, loss of staff member/student access to school ICT for a period of up
to 25 school days, taking disciplinary action. If illegal material or activities are involved, it may be necessary for the school to inform the police.
12. Mobile phones and data devices. Cybersafety rules also apply to mobile phones and other data devices. Mobile phones/data devices must not be used for involvement
with inappropriate material or activities, such as:
12.1. Upsetting or harassing students, staff and other members of the school community even as a ‘joke’.
12.2. Inappropriately using text, ‘pxt’, email, photographs or film, phone messages, web browsing, images or any other functions
12.3. Having a mobile phone/data device in your possession, or near you, during any assessment.
13. Students need permission from staff to:
13.1. Use storage devices to back-up work or to take work home/back to school. (It is likely the school will need to check any storage device for such things as viruses.)
13.2 Print material when in the classroom situation. Any material printed out of class must be appropriate to the school environment.
14. Students must be considerate of other users. This includes:
14.1. Do not send or display messages/communications which might cause offence to others. Examples include text messaging, email messages, or creating, displaying or sending
inappropriate graphics, and recording or playing inappropriate audio or video files or uploading such images/messages to external sites.
14.2. Obtain written permission from any individual before photographing, videoing or recording them.
15. Respect for privacy, safety and security when using the Internet and ICT includes:
15.1 You must have no involvement in any activity which could put at risk the security of the school computer network or environment. For example, no involvement with malware
such as viruses or involvement with any form of electronic vandalism or theft. This includes `hacking’ and any other unauthorised access.
Click here to download the Cybersafety Acceptance Form
REMEMBER: If you have any doubts, please discuss with Mrs Paterson