Developing Acceptable Use Policies with Students

This year I have begun an iPad pilot project in my Grade 4 classroom. One of the first things that I knew needed to be done was to develop an acceptable use policy with my students so that they would take ownership over utilizing the iPads as learning devices.

Over the first couple of weeks of school, we worked through the Digital Passport by Common Sense Media and developed our own class acceptable use policy with the students taking ownership of the creation. We worked through the various modules and had some great class discussions after watching the videos. My students also drew upon the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes to help explain some of the components of the acceptable use policy.

These were the ideas that my class developed!

Grade 4 Digital Citizenship
Technology Acceptable Use Policy

  1. There is an appropriate time and place for technology.
  2. Be mindful of the people around you when using technology.
  3. Don’t get distracted or side tracked from the task.
  4. Don’t share personal information.
  5. Everything online is permanent. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to someone.
  6. If you see something mean or inappropriate you need to tell an adult immediately.
  7. Use specific keywords when doing a search – the more specific you can be the better.
  8. Try to locate more than one place with the same information to make sure it is accurate.
  9. We need to have integrity when using information. Make sure to acknowledge where they information came from.
  10. Be appreciative and respect other peoples’ hard work.
  11. Be a THINKER – How can you make it your own? Know what is right and wrong.
  12. Use your creativity to make your own work awesome!
  13. Be an independent thinker and don’t rely on other people.
  14. Be a risk taker and share your ideas safely online being open to constructive feedback.

When you take a look at this list – it is fairly comprehensive for what my Grade 4 students will be using technology for. As they took part in developing it, they also take ownership of implementing it and I have noticed students helping keep their classmates on track! As we continue on our journey, we can always add more components to our policy if the need arises.


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