Online Safety Tips to Share with your children:

Never share personal information especially in chat rooms or bulletin boards such as home address, phone number, age, school name, passwords or financial information.

Never post or email photographs of yourself without parental consent.

Do not list your name or email address in any public directories.

Never agree to meet someone in person without parental consent. If a meeting is arranged after consent, make sure the first meeting is in a public place and you are accompanied by an adult. Remember that someone online might not be who they seem and may provide you with inaccurate, misleading and untrue information.

Never respond to inappropriate behavior or language. Do not accept emails, files or links from people you do not know. Forward any messages that are inappropriate to your Internet Service Provider.

Be aware of Cyber Bullying, a new phenomenon with the advances in technology. Cyber Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, bulletin boards, chatrooms, profiles, photo and videophones, text messaging and Web sites to antagonize and intimidate others. Bullies can use the technology at any hour of the day to harass their victims.

Tips on dealing with an online bully:

Tell the bully to stop contacting you and then do not reply to any future messages, remarks or chats by the bully.

Contact an adult that you trust.

If possible, block the user.

Stay out of questionable chat rooms. Keep copies of any emails or chats as evidence and forward to your Internet Service Provider.

Note the date, time and where you were on the internet when you received the message.

Log off the computer for at least 24 hours. If you feel like you are in physical danger, call your local police department.

Student Acceptable Use Policy

Technology Policies

Student Acceptable Use Policy

The Toms River Regional School District provides its students and approved guests with information technology resources for enhancing and facilitating teaching and learning. These resources include, but are not limited to, hardware, application software, library and information resources, and Internet resources.

This access to resources requires users to act responsibly and adhere to legal and ethical standards. Users should be considerate of the needs of others, do nothing purposefully or carelessly to impede anyone else's ability to use the computer, and observe all relevant laws and regulations.All users are expected to follow the guidelines of this policy.

Students are responsible for appropriate behavior on the school's computer network just as they are in a classroom or while attending an after school activity or athletic event. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. It is expected that users will comply with district standards and the specific rules set forth below. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. The user is personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and utilizing the school's computer resources. The students are advised never to access, keep, or send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see. Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review communications to maintain system integrity and to insure that students are using the system responsibly.

The following list, though not covering every situation, specifies some of the conduct that violates the acceptable use of technology policy:

1. Intentional damage to hardware or software, or the creation or distribution of viruses, worms or other forms of electronic mayhem

2. Creating, displaying or transmitting threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, or abusive or harassing language or materials

3. Unauthorized use of a computer account or distribution of a password

4. Copying other people’s work or intruding into other people's files

5. Using electronic mail (e-mail) to harass or threaten others, including sending repeated, unwanted email to another user

6. Giving your name, address, or phone number to anyone over the Internet

7. Unauthorized Internet access - only students, faculty and staff and approved guests are permitted Internet access

8. Downloading and/or installation of any software including, but not limited to, executable files, games, MP3 files or players, video files, zip files

9. Connecting personal electronics to the network whether through an Ethernet connection or wireless. This includes, but is not limited to, laptops, cell phones, PDA's, or other devices not provided for use by the Toms River Regional School District.

The resources provided by the district are intended for     school-related, educational purposes only. Failure to comply with the guidelines for acceptable use will result in disciplinary action, which may include suspension of computer privileges.