Regardless of the institution, Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) have become the norm in our technology dependent campuses. These AUP’s exist to protect students from harmful content on the Internet, reduce distractions from instructional time, and to provide students with good access to digital media.
While each institution has the freedom to create their own AUP, the National Education Association says an effective AUP should contain the following 6 elements:
- a preamble
- a definition section
- a policy statement
- an acceptable uses section
- an unacceptable uses section, and
- a violations/sanctions section
There are primarily two different ways institutions go about enforcing their AUP. One is by blocking as many sites as they deem inappropriate for school and the learning environment. The other is by blocking only the federally mandated sites and empowering students to make good decisions regarding their responsible use of the internet. Whichever way institutions decide to enforce their AUP, it is important that they continue to update their policies as technology continues to evolve.
Bosco, J., (2013). Rethinking acceptable use policies to enable digital learning: A guide for school districts. Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership & Policy Consortium for School Networking. Retrieved from: http://www.cosn.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Revised%20AUP%20March%202013_final.pdf
Getting started on the Internet: Developing an acceptable use policy.(n.d).
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