Students will review the MyTech Program Handbook and the DPS Acceptable Use Policy agreement before receiving their Chromebooks. These documents outline responsible use and safekeeping of the Chromebooks. If students violate their signed agreements, they may face school or district disciplinary actions. Both students and their parents/guardians must also understand and sign the MyTech Program Pledge and the Mobile Device Responsibility Agreement. When they receive their Chromebooks, students will go through an introductory Chromebook session that covers particulars related to the acceptable use of their devices in DPS and at home. Throughout the school year, students will receive instruction on internet safety, adapted from the Common Sense Media program. This non-profit group also provides parent resources on Internet safety and other helpful topics: www.commonsensemedia.org
One of the key features of the MyTech program is that students will have 24/7 access to their Chromebooks and will be expected to take their Chromebooks home every evening for their school-related use. Students are also responsible for the care and charging of their Chromebooks at home each night. While the primary purpose of DPS Chromebooks is for students to use these devices for their schoolwork, it’s also permissible for students to use their Chromebooks to research and explore topics of personal interest. However, DPS Chromebooks are not intended for use as entertainment devices and students should not download apps or content onto their Chromebooks — or to their Google Drives — that their teachers would not consider to be educational.
DPS does its best to ensure our students’ online experiences are safe. All DPS web access is subject to the DPS web filters. Our web filters are programmed to block inappropriate content as much as possible. The DPS internet filtering rules are determined by a partnership between the district’s instructional and technology departments.
When a DPS MyTech Chromebook connects to the internet, it must pass through DPS network firewalls and filters. This filtering happens whether the device is browsing the internet at school, or off-campus using another WiFi network. Because of security settings built into the Chromebook, it must first route its Internet connection back through our DPS security settings (firewalls and filters) before any website or online resource is accessible. If a student is using the Chromebook at school, at home or at a public library, it will always pass through the DPS web filtering and network firewall system before they can see or access web content.
Like all technology-based solutions, there are ways a user might attempt to circumvent these internet filters for inappropriate use. DPS works to block these methods and continually evaluates and upgrades its filtering system to ensure its effectiveness against such users. Additionally, disciplinary procedures will occur for users discovered to have made attempts to circumvent DPS internet filters.
Some areas of the internet are not blocked due to their value as instructional resources. Many of these areas, such as YouTube, can be used both appropriately and inappropriately. DPS considers students’ use of these resources to be a learning opportunity and a nod towards the real world, where students will need to have developed the maturity and self-discipline to use completely unfiltered internet access.
DPS maintains official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. However, Facebook is not currently open to students on the DPS network.
While DPS maintains a high level of vigilance in filtering and monitoring the district’s internet content, some potentially inappropriate websites may not be blocked or are able to slip past district filters. Teachers and parents/guardians are therefore encouraged to regularly check the browsing history of their students’ Chromebooks to learn which websites the students been visiting. DPS Chromebook browsing histories cannot be
deleted by students . If parents/guardians discover any inappropriate web activity on their students’ Chromebooks, they should contact a teacher or school administrator. Inappropriate web browsing is a violation of the DPS Internet Acceptable Use Policy and may result in disciplinary action.