While digital communication serves as a tool for the Flagler Schools community to connect with one another, share educational resources, create and curate educational content, and enhance the classroom experience, when misused it can also inflict real harm to individuals and to the community as a whole. Digital communications etiquette is expected of all students using all school-provided communications accounts, sites, devices, or applications (apps), including, but not limited to: discussion posts, electronic messaging, blogs, forums, interactive video conferencing, podcasts, vodcasts, online courses, and online collaboration sites.
Students are issued an email account by the district. Email correspondence should be used for educational purposes only. All electronic communication coming from or going to the school-issued email account can and will be monitored to make sure the terms of the Electronic Systems Responsible Use School Board Policy are being followed.
For policies and procedures regarding personal digital devices, please refer to the Flagler Schools Student Code of Conduct.
Best Practices for Students
- Never read someone else’s email or open their files or folders without permission.
- Immediately report any unauthorized activity on the network or Internet.
- Never use digital communication as a means of bullying. Please refer to the School Board Policy 511.2 and the Flagler Schools Student Code of Conduct.
- Never use or transmit anything with racist, abusive, threatening, demeaning, slanderous, objectionable, sexually explicit, or inflammatory content.
- Protect personal information. Never give full names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, and social security numbers for yourself and others. Use a “code name” that does not identify you personally to online viewers/organizations you do not know.
- Never arrange to meet an internet contact in person.
- Never upload, post, or send pictures of yourself.
- Avoid online sites and materials that do not support the curriculum or are otherwise inappropriate for educational use.
- Notify school staff or parent/guardian immediately if you accidentally access any inappropriate site.
- Notify school staff or parent/guardian if you access information or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Give proper credit to original authors.