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Help for Educators on AUP

Written by Erin Wilkey Oh
July 19, 2011

As part of the Participatory Learning in Schools: Policy and Leadership Initiative, the Consortium for School Networking created Acceptable Use Policies in a Web 2.0 & Mobile Era to help school districts with developing, rethinking, or revising open Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs).

The CoSN Policy guide addresses these questions:

  1. How does policy differ from procedure and does the difference matter?
  2. What are the two major approaches used to develop district AUP policies?
  3. Is the district’s AUP a part of or the totality of the district’s technology policy?
  4. What are the key federal laws affecting Internet access, safety, and social networking in schools?
  5. How do state laws or district policies affect school districts’ Internet policies pertaining to filtering, AUPs, cyberbullying, and cell phone use?
  6. Does the increasing prevalence of Web 2.0 and student-owned mobile devices necessitate updating district ICT policies?
  7. Where can I find samples of various exemplary AUPs?
  8. What are some timely, relevant, and useful resources pertaining to the use of Web 2.0 technologies in schools?

The guide is available online or as a PDF download.

Open Acceptable Use Policies Web 20 Mobile Era.pdf

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