The Use of Personal Technology Devices at School
1.1. The widespread ownership of mobile devices among young people requires that parents, students, school administrators and teachers take steps to ensure that these devices are used responsibly at schools. This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to ensure that potential issues involving mobile devices can be clearly identified and addressed, allowing the benefits that mobile devices, such as phones, may provide and can be enjoyed by our students for educational use.
1.2. Indooroopilly State High School has established an Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Devices that provides teachers, students and parents with guidelines and instructions for the appropriate use of mobile devices at school.
1.3. Students and their parents or guardians must read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Devices and complete the Mobile Device Agreement before students are given permission to bring these devices to school.
1.4. This Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Devices applies to students during school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities.
1.5. Mobile Devices refers to all manner of portable electronic devices including but not limited to mobile phones, ipods, mp3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, handheld games and electronic dictionaries.
2.1. Personal safety and security
Indooroopilly State High School accepts that parents give their children mobile devices such as mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety. It is acknowledged that providing a student with a mobile phone gives parents reassurance that they can contact their child if they need to speak to them urgently outside of school hours. Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency during the school day, the school office remains the only point of contact and school staff will ensure students are contacted quickly and assisted in any appropriate way.
2.2. Educational Use
The school believes that as mobile technology continues to evolve, there will be increased opportunity for the technology to contribute positively to learning programs in classrooms and to assist students in their school work.
3.1. It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile devices to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.
3.2. The decision to provide a mobile device to their student to be brought to school should be made by parents or guardians.
3.3. Prior to students being permitted to take a device to school, students and parents must complete the Mobile Device Agreement.
4. Acceptable Uses
4.1. Mobile devices can be used before school, at break times and after school in ways that are not disruptive to other members of the school community. All mobile devices must use soundless features at all times during the school day.
4.2. Mobile devices must be switched off and kept out of sight during lessons, in the Library and at school organised activities such as Assembly and special events. Exceptions may be permitted only in circumstances where the teacher who is conducting the lesson specifically allows usage.
5. Unacceptable Uses
5.1. Mobile devices must not be used for non-educational purposes in any manner or place that is disruptive to the normal routine of the school.
5.2. Unless express permission is granted, mobile devices must not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, take photos or use any other application during the school day.
5.3. As with all forms of bullying or harassment, using mobile devices such as phones to communicate unacceptably with other students is at odds with our school values and will not be tolerated. It is a criminal offence to use a mobile device to menace or offend another person. Students and parents are reminded that almost all calls, text messages and emails can be traced.
5.4. Except as permitted by teachers for educational purposes, mobile devices must not be used to photograph, film or record any member of the school community or a visitor to the school, whether this be coming to or going home from school or during the school day.
5.5. Mobile devices must not be used during an exam or assessment. This will be considered to be cheating and the student will face academic and behavioural consequences.
6.1. Students who do not meet the expectations in this policy will have their device confiscated. The mobile device would be taken to a secure place within the school for subsequent collection by the student’s parent or caregiver.
6.2. Repeat misuse of a mobile device as described in this policy will result in withdrawal of permission for that student to have a mobile phone in their possession.
6.3. Repeated infringements may result in the withdrawal of the Mobile Devices agreement. The student would not be able to bring their device to school.
6.4. Other consequences will also be enacted as per the school’s Responsible Behaviour Policy for unacceptable behaviour choices, which may include suspension or recommendation for exclusion.
7. Device Protection
7.1. Students must mark their mobile device clearly with their names.
7.2. Mobile devices are an attractive target for thieves. To reduce the risk of theft during and outside of school hours, students should keep their devices on their person and not leave them unattended.
7.3. Indooroopilly State High School strongly advises the use of passwords and pin numbers to protect mobile devices from unauthorised use.
7.4. The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile devices. Students should report their device as lost or stolen to the office as soon as practicable. Students and parents should also contact their provider so that the device can be disabled.
7.5. Students should protect their phone numbers by only giving them to friends and keeping a note of who they have given them to. This can help protect the student’s number from falling into the wrong hands.