Providence Christian College has strict guidelines governing student access to the College Network and the Internet. Every student should be aware of the Acceptable Use Policy. Providence works diligently to ensure that the Internet is used as an effective and safe learning resource.

Acceptable Use

Students must abide by the following rules as conditions of the use of the College Network and Internet, and failure to do so may result in action being taken in accordance with the College Behaviour Management Policy:

  • Students should only use the College Network, devices and Internet access for educational purposes.
  • Students are not permitted to record (either audio or visual) anything using any device without permission from College Staff.
  • Students are not permitted to use any means to bypass the College Network security. This includes via mobile phone or any other device.
  • Students are not permitted to use any device to access unauthorised social media services such as Facebook, Instagram or non-College email. (Non-College email may be used with permission from College Staff)
  • Students are not permitted to access or bring into the College publications/information dealing with illegal activities, pornography, extreme violence etc. These are not to be accessed or downloaded or brought to the College via USB or any other means.
  • Students are not to use the College Network for commercial activities such as advertising, buying or selling. 
  • Students should not engage in any activity that will bring the name of the College into disrepute. 
  • Students should not engage in any activity which may be deemed detrimental to the College learning environment or equipment.
  • Students must not interfere with any other student’s device or use of the College Network.
  • Students are not permitted to share account information or passwords either of their own or that of other students.
  • Students are responsible to keep their own account and password secure.
  • Students must not use their device as a means to disengage from the learning processes in the classroom.
  • Students must not engage in any form of cyberbullying.

Failure to meet these conditions will result in the loss of access to the College Network and the Internet.

Clarifications

No Offensive Material

Accessing undesirable or offensive material is not permitted. This includes, but is not exclusive to:

  • any material portraying, describing or otherwise involving pornography, obscene language or violence.
  • using facilities provided by certain Web sites to produce and broadcast material which is slanderous to staff or students. As a guide only, this is any material that would not be considered appropriate for viewing by the general community in a public place.

No Illegal Material

Accessing illegal material or material describing criminal activities is not permitted. Conducting criminal acts or using the network for the organisation of criminal acts is not permitted. This includes, but is not exclusive to:

  • computer crime, malicious damage or intent, fraud, harassment or hacking.
  • any users involved in illegal activities will be reported to appropriate authorities. The College reserves the right to allow access, for the purposes of criminal investigation, to any network data transcripts taken.

Cyberbullying

Using the College Network to defame any person is not permitted. (Generally, defamation occurs when a person publishes a statement or media that harms or damages the reputation or standing of another person within the community. A statement is published once it is known by a third
person.) This includes but is not exclusive to:

  • Defamatory mobile phone messages.
  • Defamatory email messages.
  • Defamatory web pages.
  • Defamatory use of social media

Cyberbullying will be dealt with in accordance with the College Bullying Policy. The College will use its discretion in deciding when Cyberbullying that has occurred off-campus begins to impact on members within the College community and what the appropriate response will be.

Network Access & Monitoring

  • It remains the right of staff at Providence Christian College to refuse access to any user to the Internet/College Network or to any device within the College.
  • Providence Christian College reserves the right to keep transcripts of any or all data carried through the network.
  • Be aware that monitoring software is used to permanently record the time, date and device identification of any device accessing inappropriate Websites through the College network.

Chromebook – Years 3 to 12

The Chromebook must have a Registration Sticker and Chrome Device Management License applied to the device.

  • The Registration Sticker displays the student’s name and must remain on the device. If removed, the Registration Sticker will need to be replaced.
  • The Chromebook must have the Management License applied and this license is not to be removed.
  • All Chromebooks must have a hard protective case.

The Chromebook is to be taken home every evening to be charged. No chargers are to be brought to school. Should a Chromebook not be charged then the student will bring the Chromebook to the Learning Hub (Library) for charging. A loan unit may be borrowed. In Secondary a PMI will be issued.

The Chromebook Serial no. information sticker is attached to the base of the Chromebook. This sticker should not be removed as it provides information for warranty. As a precaution a record of the serial no. should be made and kept by parents for future reference should the need arise.

For Primary students, the Chromebook should be kept inside the class and not left in a school bag. With Secondary students, Chromebooks may be stored in the student locker when not in use, but never left overnight.

Using Chromebooks

At all times teachers will determine as to whether a student’s Chromebook may be used in their class for each particular lesson, or part of a lesson. They will also determine how the device may be used to best help the student engage in the learning process.

Students will not be able use their Chromebooks during recess and lunch times except in the Learning Hub (Library) or while under direct supervision by a teacher.

Because the student’s device is used at home as well as at school, parents are asked to monitor content resident on their child’s Chromebook ensuring that it does not breach the College IT Acceptable Use Policy.

Support is provided through the IT Help Desk in the Learning Hub (Library) for parents and students.

Loan Units

The College will provide a loan unit while a device is being repaired under warranty, a damaged device is being repaired or a device has been ordered and awaiting delivery.

If a student doesn’t bring their device on any given day or lesson, they may have access to a College loan unit. There are a limited number of loan units and supply cannot be guaranteed. Loan units will be available through the Learning Hub (Library) for part of or all of the school day. Students must return loan units at the end of the day unless special arrangements have been made with the College Teacher/Librarian.

Insurance

As with all student/ (parent) owned devices that are currently brought to school, appropriate insurance may be something that parents wish to acquire. The College will take reasonable care to minimise the possibility of theft or damage but ultimately will not be liable should such occur.

Online Acknowledgement Form

PARENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

By completing and submitting the online acknowledgement form you are agreeing that you will support the requirements of the Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy.

Parents with children in Year 3 and 4 are asked to discuss the policy requirements with their children before submitting the online acknowledgement. This is because students in Year 3 and 4 are not required to submit an acknowledgement form.
Parents only need to submit this form once for all students in their family.

STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Students in Year 5 to Year 12 are required to submit an acknowledgement form along with their parents.

An Online Acknowledgement Form link will be emailed to Students separately on the first day of school.

Student Acknowledgement & Agreement Form: IT Acceptable Use Policy