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Simplification of the Acceptable Use Policy

Resolution Number: 2012-04
Submitted by: PEI Home and School Federation Board

WHEREAS Minister’s Directive MD 2010-02, Directive for the Acceptable Use of Computer and Information Technology, is a complex technical document that is seldom read nor understood by parents or students, and

WHEREAS proposed drafts of a replacement Minister’s Directive being reviewed by the Minister’s IT Advisory Committee on Computer Information Technology serve only to make the document more complex and less likely to be read or understood, and,

WHEREAS the place of information technology in the classroom and in daily life has evolved significantly from the era when the “Acceptable Use Policy” was first drafted, and,

WHEREAS it is generally recognized that it is not possible to adequately describe all possible appropriate and inappropriate uses of information technology, nor to adequately describe all possible benefits and dangers of information technology use, and,

WHEREAS it is desirable to increase the adoption of information technology and to foster creative uses of technology in meeting curricular goals, not to see information technology as a threat nor a dangerous force to be artificially contained, and

WHEREAS the use of common sense and a spirit of personal and community responsibility in making decisions about the use of information technology is a skill we wish to foster in students,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEIHSF requests the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development replace the current “Minister’s Directive for the Acceptable Use Communication and Information Technology,” with a simple statement, to be signed by students and affirmed by parents: “I agree to use computers, the Internet and related resources in a manner that respects myself and others.”

Status: Passed with Amendments
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Destination:Premier of PEI
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
English Language School Board


Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, June 22, 2012 

The acceptable use policy was actually developed by a sub committee ofthe Minister's Advisory Committee on Computer Information Technology which includes a representative from PEI Home and School. lt is my understanding that the committee considered a number of factors including risk, legal issues and the protection of our vulnerable population in developing the policy.
 
The computer and information access can be a very dangerous process, and I believe the document adds clarity to the expectations o the users and should not be left to common sense of impressionable users to determine the suitability of their access.

English Language School Board, October 9, 2012 

The Eastern School District ~ Western School Board staff was involved in the development and revision of the current ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ (AUA). The Board position is that the current AUA is required to clearly outline to students and parents the expectations and to manage the liability and risk of the use of computers in our schools. The Board does support the revision of the AUA using plain language to ensure it is easily understood.