Use of Mobile Phones, Music and Internet Technology

We would like to remind you of the following guidelines about the use of these technologies in school.

We accept that many students own mobile phones, some with cameras.  The school rules about these phones are simple.  If students in Years 7 to 11 have their phone switched off in their bags during the school day, that is not a problem.  However, students who try to use their phones during the school day may have them confiscated and returned to them at the end of the day through the school office.

There have been instances of students using their camera phones to take pictures in school.  This is completely unacceptable and may result in the phone being confiscated and returned to the parent/carer of the student.

If a student uses mobile phone technology or other internet technologies to upload information about, or photographs of, another student or adult in the school community onto the World Wide Web, for example, onto a social networking site, this may result in action being taken against the student.  This may mean exclusion from school and possible prosecution.

In school students do not have access to social networking sites such as Bebo, Myspace, Facebook etc.  They also do not have access to chatrooms or Instant Messenger services.  However, students do have access at home and sometimes have online "conversations", which involve unpleasant content, possibly of a bullying nature, with another student.  These conversations are sometimes reported to school, and although they are not the responsibility of the school, we do try to keep parents/carers informed when this happens.  May we remind you that the owner of the computer is responsible at all times for the content of the conversations, messages, pictures etc. contained on that computer.

Music technologies such as Ipods are only allowed for Year 11 students at break and lunch times.  No other student should bring them to school.
 

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