Danbury Middle Schools ~ Danbury, Connecticut

  Internet Safety



Safety at School

All of our Internet content is filtered by the State of Connecticut. In addition, we routinely block any occasional sites missed by the State.

By law, students are not allowed to use the Internet until parents sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) giving them permission. Parents may also choose to allow their child's picture, student work, and first name to appear on the school sites. Parents may change that permission at any time by signing a new AUP.

Students review the Rules for Internet Use at the beginning of each school year, and, since middle school students access the Internet through a network, all activity is logged daily. Consequences for violation of the Student Rules can include loss of Internet privileges, and are covered by the Danbury District Conduct Code.

Student Rules for Internet Use:

  • Students may only use computers when an adult is present.
  • The screen must be turned so the adult can see it.
  • Students must log-in to use a computer, and are not allowed to share their log-in or password with others.
  • Students are allowed to use personal email only to send classwork back and forth to home or school to work on files.
  • Students may only "surf" for sites as designated by a teacher; no random surfing or personal use.
  • If a student encounters an inappropriate site, he/she must back out, and immeditely inform a teacher for blocking.
  • Students are not allowed to "chat," except as part of a class project.

Safety at Home

Our 2003-04 survey of Danbury's 8th graders yielded 3 surprising statistics about home use:

  • 90% of our 8th grade students have access to the Internet at home
  • 85% of our 8th grade students regularly use Instant Messager at home
  • 35% of our 8th grade students have a computer with Internet access in their bedrooms.

Suggested Home Rules:

The Internet can be compared to a huge street corner; you wouldn't think of talking to strangers on a street corner, or accepting flyers from a stranger.

  • Keep the computer with Internet access in a shared room in the house, such as the family room or living room. No computer in a teen's bedroom.
  • Students: Never give out personal information to anyone on the Internet.
  • Students: Never create a screen name or web page that in any way identifies you by sex, age, hobbies, or name.
  • Students: Never share your password with anyone else.
  • Students: Report suspicious behavior to your parents or the local police; you could be helping another child if you do.

Links

For more info, or to teach your teen about internet safety, click on any of the links below:



Danbury Public Schools
B. Myers-Letson, Middle School Technology Leader
Revised 8/17/04