Eight key considerations for acceptable use policies

5. When – how often – should school district acceptable use policies be updated?
“Effective policies do not live on paper. They live in the consciousness of those who are affected by the policies. Updating can help bring AUP policies from a document stored in the district server to understandings that shape behavior. The widespread use of social media and other Web 2.0 applications and the increasing prevalence of mobile devices by school age youth are key factors in causing many districts to review their AUP.”

6. What are the implications of moving from an acceptable use policy to a responsible use policy?
“When a district adopts the approach of helping students become responsible users of digital media, there is the need to provide specific learning experiences.”

7. Where can you find samples of acceptable use policies?
The guide links to several AUPs from districts across the country.

8. What are some timely, relevant and useful resources pertaining to the use of digital media for learning?
School technology leaders can explore a number of wikis, CoSN documents, and other resources.

“While digital media has transcended our culture, schools are increasingly confronted by the dilemma to both protect and provide for their students,” said James Bosco, principal investigator of CoSN’s Participatory in Schools: Leadership and & Policy initiative. “Many districts, without knowing, are operating under outdated policies that do not address today’s dangers and online accessibility concerns. The up-to-date AUP Guide will help school leaders both understand the right acceptable use policies and discover how to implement them to better navigate our digitally based environment.”

Laura Ascione

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