Internet Safety Policy

Definitions
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. *

Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of Nativity School online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and others forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking’, and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of Nativity School staff to educate, supervise, and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protection Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Director of Communication and Technology or designated representatives.

The Director of Communication and Technology or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for students who use the school internet facilities, the training provided will be designed to promote the school’s commitment to:

  1. the standards and acceptable use of internet services as set forth in Nativity School’s internet Safety Policy;
  2. Student safety with regards to:
    1. safety on the internet;
    2. appropriate behavior while online, on social networking websites and in chatrooms; and
    3. cyberbullying awareness and response.
  3. Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”)

Following receipt of this training, the students will acknowledge that he/she received the training, understood it, and will follow the provisions of the Archdiocese Acceptable Use Policies.

Adoption
This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Pastoral Staff of Nativity on December 09, 2015, and was distributed to the community via the website, email, social media and presentations to PTA, Parish Council, and Education Commission.

* CIPA definitions of terms:
MINOR – the term “minor” means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE – the term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

  1. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
  2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
  3. Harmful to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT – the terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.