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9. Policy Extracts and Statements

H – Statement on Use of the Internet and Computers (Internet User Agreement, School Laptop Guidelines)


From a technology-rich school learning environment, to a technology-rich personal learning environment, the laptop provides a useful tool in the pursuit of excellence in teaching & learning at St John’s College.

The laptop is a valuable and expensive addition to the individual and school’s learning resources and as such it brings with it responsibilities. This document has been prepared to outline these responsibilities and to inform you of the procedures and processes in place if an issue arises.

Acceptable Laptop and Internet Use

On enrolment at St John’s College, all students and parent/caregivers are required to sign this ‘BYOD Laptop & Internet Agreement’, which outlines the difference between acceptable and unacceptable usage.

Laptops are used under the direction of the teacher and in accordance with the student rules. Failure to follow specific class instructions from the teacher may result in sanctions as would be appropriate in normal classroom management situations.

The College, as part of the Catholic Education Commission, makes regular use of internationally implemented products to filter access to web pages while at the College. Although such filtering does not offer absolute protection it does greatly reduce the likelihood of students accidentally accessing undesirable sites. For this reason, students will only be allowed to access Internet through the school-designated gateway. At home, the devices will not be protected by the College’s filtering system and therefore monitoring of student’s Internet use will be the responsibility of the parent/caregivers.

Internet access must be in support of education and research which is consistent with the educational and moral objectives of St John’s College. The use of online organisation’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any national or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable.

If a breach of the educational and moral objectives of St John’s College is suspected then it will be necessary for college staff to inspect the contents of a student’s laptop and can be confiscated.

Please see the reverse side of this agreement for an explanation ‘Classroom Laptop Rules’ and ‘Internet Etiquette’


Classroom Laptop Rules

  • Bring your laptop to school each day fully charged.
  • Your laptops will be run on batteries when in class to prevent the trip hazard of tangled power
  • You must put your screen down when doing non-computer tasks so you can focus your attention.
  • When you are in a class you are to use the laptop for the work of that
  • You are to take responsibility for keeping your login details
  • You should not interfere with another student’s
  • You are not to access your laptop in the playground.
  • You are to work at your laptop on a flat, stable surface and must never eat or drink near
  • Your laptop is not to be used to copy or share any material that is protected by a copyright.
  • You are prohibited to use your laptop during the school day for games, instant messaging, chat rooms, social media and any other activities that may be
  • Year Coordinators and Leader of Learning can confiscate your laptop at anytime.

Internet Etiquette

Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Use appropriate language. Do not be abusive in your messages to others. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
  • Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
  • Do not reveal personal address or phone number or those of other students or adults online.
  • Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the
  • All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be public
  • Be careful with humour. Humour may not be accurately understood in e-mail messages. Accurate interpretation of humour often requires facial expressions and body language. Avoid sarcasm which is often misunderstood in e-mail messages.
  • Be proud of the messages. Remember, messages can be traced to the student. Once a message is sent it cannot be recalled.

For further information please read the CSO intranet policy on Digital and Social Media.