Today’s students use technology to socialize, study, be creative, play, rest and communicate. With their increasing use of technology, we want our youth to use these tools safely and effectively. Did you know that 92% of teens (ages 13-17) report going online daily? According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, social media continues to be a major forum for teens to communicate and express themselves. Facebook is used by 71% of teens, while half use Instagram and four-in-ten use Snapshat.
Young people must understand that what they do online today remains with them tomorrow in the digital footprint that they are creating. Parents can help their children be good digital citizens by familiarizing themselves with the tools and tools used by today’s digital natives. We must “Be Tech Positive!” to help our youth navigate 21st century digital lives.
SRVUSD is committed to helping our students be both safe online and in creating a positive digital footprint. The District is implementing a three-year plan to incorporate Digital Citizenship curriculum for all students. In addition, the District provides protection through student data privacy efforts, a student Acceptable Use Policy and an opportunity for parents to choose whether a student’s name and/or image be used through District Publications.
Student Data Privacy
In school districts a primary focus of online privacy is protecting student data. School districts collect student data to inform instruction and provide aggregate information to the public. The following video shows how student data is accessed and used.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District has a responsibility to protect the personally identifiable Information of its students, parents and staff from disclosure to unauthorized parties. Therefore, SRVUSD has adopted and implemented security policies and internal practices to protect this information. Click here for more information.
SRVUSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
San Ramon Valley Unified School District makes a variety of communications and information technologies available to students through computer/network/Internet access. These technologies, when properly used, promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Illegal, unethical or inappropriate use of these technologies can have dramatic consequences, harming the District, its students and its employees. These Responsible Use Guidelines are intended to minimize the likelihood of such harm by educating District students and setting standards which will serve to protect the District. The District firmly believes that digital resources, information and interaction available on the computer/network/Internet far outweigh any disadvantages.
The Acceptable Use Policy is included in the annual update that parents complete each fall. Parents who wish to change their response to the Technology Release question in the annual update need to sign this PDF form and return it to their student’s school site.
Posting of Student Names/Photos
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff. We often share these accomplishments in the following ways:
- The District’s newsletter
- District and school websites
- District and school social media tools (such as Twitter and Facebook)
Publicity surrounding our schools may include the posting of names, photographs and/or video on school or district websites and through social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) and in print publications. When a student’s name is used along with their image in a District or school publication or digital communication, only the first name and last initial will be used unless additional parent permission is provided.
Through the Annual Update, parents have the choice to withhold their student’s name and/or image from District and school communication web and print publications, as well as excluding their student from media stories. Staff are able to check permissions through Infinite Campus. Questions can be directed to Communications@srvusd.net.