Policies, guidelines and user agreements play an important role in building a culture of safe and responsible technology use in schools and kura by helping to form shared understandings in the use of technology for both staff and students.
Digital technology is constantly changing how people communicate both in and out of the school environment. These changes blur the divide between offline and online spaces, and when and where the school community could be seen to be representing the school. Some expectations or guidelines that applied perfectly to offline situations might not adequately cover situations in the digital space, so it’s important that schools have policies, guidelines and user agreements specific to digital technology use.
Policies, guidelines, and user agreements need to be customised to suit individual schools and kura – one size doesn’t fit all. In this section you will find advice and templates to help get you started. The policies, guidelines and user agreements in the Kit strengthen legal protection for the school and staff by providing clarity and specifically defining safe and responsible use.
It’s important to note that in this rapidly developing and complex space, it is strongly recommended that they be reviewed and updated annually to ensure schools and kura still have the protection they need.