Introduction to the acceptable computer use policy

The computer use policy is issued to all students and their parents at Trondheim International School on admission. The policy is non-negotiable. Please return the reply slip to the office school. The policy itself should be kept at home for future reference.

 Acceptable Computer Use Policy

Use of the school Internet is a privilege not a right. If a student abuses that privilege s/he can expect to lose the privilege,

  1. The Internet at school is for the purpose of education, for researching approved school assignments and under the direction of a teacher,
  2. Internet at school is only used if there are teachers present to supervise. Unsupervised use is not permitted,
  3. Internet at school is used politely and with respect for other people and respect for the hardware and software you are using at all times,
  4. It is not allowed to give out full name, home address or telephone number, or school name, address or telephone number, to anyone else online without the permission of the school,
  5. It is not allowed to hide things that you are doing online from teachers,
  6. If you have a technical problem with the computer or the Internet, share this with teachers and ask for their help,
  7. You are not responsible for what other people say and do on the Internet, therefore if someone else online says or does something offensive or disturbing, or if you see images on a website that make you feel upset or disturbed in any way, tell your teacher. Do not respond to any messages that make you feel upset, angry or scared, and
  8. Do not participate in any unacceptable use of the school Internet. Unacceptable use of the Internet at school means using the school computers or the Internet to:
  • Commit crimes,
  • Bully, harass or stalk others,
  • Commit copyright violations, such as illegal copying of music files, movies, pictures or software,
  • Transmit obscene, hateful or threatening communications,
  • Communicate or publish inaccurate or racially offensive materials,
  • Invade someone else’s private computer files or read their E-mail,
  • Play electronic games unless authorized by a teacher,
  • Download software from websites without teacher permission or approval,
  • Upload or download any computer virus on purpose,
  • By-pass any school imposed restrictions on access to the World Wide Web,
  • Transmit via E-mail any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, “pyramid schemes”, or any other form of E-mail solicitation,
  • Engage in commercial activities online such as buying or selling things, without permission from teachers,
  • View and/or download or upload pornographic, violent or offensive pictures or stories,
  • Send in someone else’s E-mail address to a “Crush” or “Secret Admirer” website, or to any website collecting other people’s E-mail addresses for any purpose whatsoever,
  • Your parents could be held financially liable for any damage you cause to computers at school, for any harm you cause to other people as a result of malice, recklessness or negligence on your part, or for any harm caused to others by any violation of this acceptable use policy, and
  • Chat of any kind whether it is by using chatting programs or chatting rooms, including Facebook, MySpace, MSN and Gmail without explicit permission from the teacher.

Sanctions

Students should understand that breaking these rules will have consequences. These may involve losing the privilege to access the Internet for a period of time. In cases of vandalism it would lead to claims for compensation or repair. Other sanctions may be employed in line with the THIS code of conduct.