Digital Citizenship Understanding

Redlands College aims to provide opportunities and support for our students to learn to become positive digital citizens. The following is a document of understanding for students.

Students' Digital Citizenship Understanding

As a student, I will, in my actions and behaviour demonstrate:

Respect for God.  This includes…

  • I am God’s creation. I will conduct myself, treat others and use information and communication technologies (ICT) in a manner that celebrates His creation.
    (1 Peter 1:15-16 states, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy'" (NIV)).

Respect for myself.  This includes…

  • I will show that I am God’s creation, online.
  • I will leave a positive digital footprint.
  • I will be honest and trustworthy.
  • I will think of consequences before I communicate.
  • I will use appropriate language.
  • I will keep my personal details private.
  • I will protect my password(s).
  • I will seek the support of a trusted adult who I know personally if I experience problems or feel uncomfortable online.
  • I will use the tools available to me for learning.
  • I will keep my iPad updated and charged so that it is ready for use at school.
  • I will securely store my iPad.
  • I will backup my iPad.
  • I will keep up-to-date with information sent to me.

Respect for others.  This includes…

  • I will show God’s love for others, online.
  • I will treat others how I want to be treated.
  • I will not bully or tease.
  • I will respect the privacy and personal details of others.
  • I will ask permission before capturing, editing or publishing/sharing images, video, audio and work of others.
  • If I have a problem, I will talk face to face with the person with whom I have a problem in a respectful manner.
  • I will respect the efforts of other people to support the learning and behaviour of all students.
  • I will allow staff to access and handle my personal technology to assist me and support appropriate use and behaviour.

Responsible and lawful behaviour.  This includes…

  • I will respect all laws and the legal rights of others.
  • I will behave in accordance with the rules, policies and procedures of Redlands College.
  • I will behave in accord with my responsibilities to my family.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.

I accept that if any action of mine contravenes this agreement, the College ethos, or state and federal laws, the College will respond appropriately and in accordance with school procedures.

I acknowledge that the consequences of inappropriate behaviour and iPad / ICT use may include one or more of the following:

  • referral to the Responsible Thinking Classroom
  • instruction to delete inappropriate apps or content
  • confiscation of my personal technology
  • blocking or restriction of Internet and network access
  • detentions or suspension at school or home
  • cancellation of enrolment
  • notification of my actions to Police and/or the relevant authorities.

The following staff will address problems that arise:

  • teachers
  • RTC staff
  • relevant Head of School or Academic Dean
  • Headmaster

We gratefully acknowledge the staff of Landsdale Primary School, WA for allowing us to use their agreement as the basis for this policy.

College Support

In support of appropriate student use of information and communication technologies (ICT), the College will:

  • Assist students to understanding and demonstrate appropriate behaviour and positive digital citizenship.
  • Provide:
    • in-class storage (Junior School) or lockers (Middle and Senior School) for iPads when not in use.
    • an email account to support communication
    • controlled or filtered internet connection
    • storage for files on the school network
    • a log of internet access.
  • Files saved on the school network are part of our back-up regime.

Note: all messages sent and received in Google Apps (Gmail, Hangouts and Drive) are archived for a period of 10 years. the College reserves the right to access user data as part of investigations authorised by the Principal or his delegate.

In the case of inappropriate or unacceptable use:

  • The College will respond in accord with our rules, policies and procedures.
  • The accounts of users may be suspended.
  • Appropriate law enforcement agencies and Government authorities may be notified.
  • IT Support staff will address problems encountered in one working day, if possible.  In the case of a major intrusion or misappropriation of our facilities, services may be suspended to protect privacy, and re-establish security.  Implications of such action for College educative and business processes will be addressed as required by the Executive team with support from the IT Manager.