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Policy 486 - Student Use of Electronic and Social Media Communicationโ€‹

Modern technology like cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices present wonderful opportunities for learning, socializing, communicating and having fun.  Despite all the great things technology presents us, some people choose to use technology in hurtful ways too. A responsible digital citizen is someone who uses technology in ethical and appropriate ways, and like anything else, that takes practice. Students learn to be responsible digital citizens just like they learn to say please and thank you, like they learn to read, like they learn to ride a bike; they require guidance and instruction, feedback and practice.

The following resources are a great place to start:

We recognize that many students often use social media networks, cell phones and other devices to communicate with family and friends. These are helpful communication tools; however, these tools also present inherent risks to the safety and well-being of students if the technology is used inappropriately. If students choose to use social media networks, cell phones, iPods, laptops, tablets or other related technology equipment, they must abide by the school's Code of Conduct and School District 23's policy for Student Use of Electronic and Social Media Communication (Policy 486โ€‹).

If at any point, students' use of technology interferes with or distracts from the learning of others, schools may intervene and issue consequences in relation to the outlined school code of conduct and district policy. Schools will also not be held responsible for any misplaced, lost, stolen, or broken items brought to school by students.