Acceptable Use Policy

Internet safety

The Internet allows your child the opportunity to immediately reach out to people and information. Much of the information on the Internet has positive educational value, but definitely not all. Northside ISD has special software and hardware in place that will restrict access to undesirable adult material and topics.

It is not possible, however, to completely block all objectionable sites. As parents and teachers, we must teach students to be responsible consumers of information and responsible users of the district's technology equipment. The resources in this section will help you maximize the benefits of the Internet and related technologies for your child's education and minimize the risks that your child could encounter online.

Safety Resources

  • Be CyberSMART! - Addressing Safe and Appropriate Technology Use in Northside.
  • SafeKids.com - Find out about the privacy on Facebook, as well as how to protect kids online.
  • NetSmartz.org - From the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • NET CETERA: Chatting with Kids About Being Online - a PDF publication from www.onguardonline.gov, a coalition of private organizations and government agencies that include the Department of Education and the FCC.
  • Internet Safety - National PTA website, with a host of information on how to keep kids safe when using the Internet.
  • 4Kids.org - A website full of fun online resources, games, and kid-friendly links.

Digital Citizenship

School districts throughout the country, including Northside ISD, have moved into the "Information Age" by providing network and Internet access for students and employees. These technology tools, used wisely, provide global information resources, opportunities for collaboration and communication, and media-rich teaching and learning experiences for students and educators.

To function effectively in this environment, students and staff must assume personal responsibility to behave ethically, even when technology provides them the freedom to do otherwise. This Web site is a collection of district-developed strategies, resources, guidelines, and policies that address how students, staff, and parents may best use the Internet and related technologies.

Policies and Regulations

Applicable NISD Board Policies include:

NISD Administrative Regulations

  • The NISD Administrative Regulations that apply to AUP are:
    • TEC-01 - Electronic Communication and Data Management
    • TEC-02 - User/Workstation Security Measures
    • TEC-04 - Technology Standards and Technology Acquisitions
    • TEC-06 - Password Reset Requests
    • TEC-08 - District E-mail Usage Regulations
    • TEC-09 - District E-mail Retention Regulation
    • TEC-10 - Mobile Technology Equipment Security Measures

Forms for Students, Staff, and Non-District Users

Access to the Northside ISD network and Internet are provided to students, employees, and community members as tools for conducting school business. Appropriate access and use of these resources is the responsibility of the user, and the user is held responsible for their behavior with technology.

For those with students under their supervision, it is important to "lay the ground rules" with students before beginning any classroom projects involving the Internet and the network. Instructors must actively monitor students as they use the computer equipment, and help them become ethical and responsible users of the Internet and related technologies.

Forms for Students

Forms for Non-District Users