I have gone through the process of writing a new AUP for my school district. I wanted to share some of the resources that I used along the way. The challenge has been to include Web 2.0 technologies into the mix of things while leaving some flexibility to mature and grow with these ever changing tools. What have you done in your districts to meet your AUP challenges?

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html

Institute of Educational Sciences United States Department of Education

United States Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/

United States Department of Education Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

United States Department of Justice (ECPA) http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/wiretap2510_2522.htm

  1. Josh says:

    Unfortunately, we haven’t done anything. We’ve tried to say that our handbook and what applies in the classroom setting also applies in a computer-world setting. I think someday we will move forward with an AUP, but we have other fish to fry first.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. KJA says:

    Hey Neil thanks for posting the sources. I will be working on the same type of thing this summer. I’m sure I’ll be asking you specific questions when I have to sit down and look at our plan in more detail.

    What did you find to be the biggest obstacle? Did you find a reasonable solution to social networking sites for students and staff? Is Twitter blocked in your district?

  3. Brad Kovach says:

    I second: Is Twitter blocked in your district? It isn’t in LCSD2. But I suppose that doesn’t matter anymore–because I have graduated. Still, I feel intense sentimental attachment to my high school years.

  4. Anne Bubnic says:

    Be sure to check out the CTAP Region IV Cybersafety Project as another comprehensive resource for information on Acceptable Use Policies, Cell Phone Policies, Social Networking Policies and topics related to Legal Issues.


  5. Hoke Wilcox says:

    Could you post a link to your AUP? I would like to see how you were able to achieve this.

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