Internet Safety Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) Internet Safety Mission Statement?</strong

Chesapeake Public School’s (CPS) mission is to integrate Internet safety within the existing curriculum to promote digital citizenship in all grades and subject areas.

How does CPS use the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to promote Internet Safety?

CPS requires each of its students to sign an AUP at the beginning of each school year or upon entering the division as a transfer student. Acceptable behavior is outlined to keep students safe on campus and also to make sure that they are appropriately using technology.

Where can I find a copy of the Student AUP?

Follow this link to the Student AUP.

What is the splash screen students see when logging into the CPS network?

When students log into any school owned computer with their unique username/password, they are required to acknowledge and click “I agree” before they can go any further. This “splash screen” serves as a constant reminder of the expectations students must meet in order to maintain the privilege of using the CPS network. Students who do not follow the AUP are subject to disciplinary actions which can lead to having their Internet access denied at school.

How does CPS protect students when they are using their own devices?

In the 2013-2014 school year, CPS adopted a Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD) for middle and high school students. In 2014-2015, BYOD was extended to elementary students as well. The BYOD policy has provided another avenue to discuss Internet safety by further integrating technology into the curriculum. Students, who use any personal electronic devices at school, are required to use the CPS network for their wireless connection, which binds them to the AUP signed at the beginning of each academic year. All CPS students who participate in BYOD do so with the understanding that they must utilize the CPS network and follow all School Board policies. Remaining on the network is necessary to block student access to websites that are deemed inappropriate.

How does CPS use content filtering to protect student safety online?

The school division follows all local, state, and federal guidelines requiring students’ personal identification to be protected. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed in 2000, makes schools responsible for protecting students from inappropriate material online as well as having an instructional plan teaching them about appropriate online behavior. CPS utilizes a content filter, which provides a method to filter the online content students can access while on the CPS network.

What are some additional security measures CPS takes to protect students?

Additional security measures are taken to protect students from inappropriate material found online. Websites that are blocked or those that require students to log in to a web-based platform, also known as a Web 2.0 tool, must be approved prior to students accessing the site.

What laws are associated with Internet Safety?

FERPA

CIPA

COPPA

What resources are available to help students understand the importance of Internet safety?

Technology is continuously changing, which makes “keeping up” difficult. You are encouraged to have an open and continuous dialogue with your students about being safe online. For more resources, visit our Internet Safety Resources Page.