Internet Acceptable Use Policies for Schools
The Acceptable Use Policy for schools establishes guidelines for appropriate Internet use by students and staff along with its enforcement. It is a clearly defined document that communicates a mutual understanding of how the Internet may be appropriately used through school resources. The Acceptable User Policy (AUP) is designed to protect the interests of students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Required to retain E-rate funding, the Internet Acceptable Use Policy in your school must address the following requirements:
- Enforcement to ensure the operation of the filtering technology during any use of such computers by minors.
- Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet.
- The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications.
- Unauthorized access, including so-called 'hacking' and other unlawful activities by minors online.
- Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
- Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors.
- Means of monitoring the online activities of minors. However, the legislation states that "Nothing in this title or the amendments made by this title shall be construed to require the tracking of Internet use by any identifiable minor or adult user."
Download Sample Acceptable Use Policies For Schools
The above requirements are necessary to receive E-rate funding. Your school may include additional requirements to best meet your needs and objectives. To make writing this policy easier for you please review the sample policies below. You may copy any portion of our samples for your own use.
Internet Acceptable Use Policies (94K PDF) This PDF contains examples of computer and Internet usage policies. These sample AUP policies for schools can be used as they are or they can be modified to suit your individual needs. Download this free PDF to view a sample Internet usage permission form, computer usage Internet policies, and a student computer and Internet usage agreement.