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Advice: Creating an Acceptable Use Policy

Clearly and consistently convey policies for safety, privacy, and use


An acceptable use policy (AUP) explicitly outlines how a school or district expects its community members to behave with technology, defining acceptable behavior from users of hardware and information systems such as the internet and any applicable networks. These policies need to be formally adopted and communicated.

AUPs can present a tricky challenge, as they must balance desires for security and safety with offering students ample and broad opportunity to access and use resources online.

Strategy Resources

Creating Student-Centered Acceptable Use Policies

A case study of how Boston Public Schools updated their AUP. View their actual AUP... Learn More

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Common Sense Media: Tips & Tricks for Managing Devices in the Classroom

This guide provides straightforward advice for teachers on how to manage devices in their classroom. Learn More

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