The proliferation of digital technologies and the spread of social media in recent years has blurred the lines between public and private spaces, given the ubiquity of personal computing devices. While the School recognizes the critical importance of personal computers and digital technologies for learning and is committed to using them as effectively as possible, we also acknowledge the inherent risks. Vistamar’s Responsible Use Policy (RUP) is therefore intended to provide clear guidelines in using technology within the community in protecting both individuals and the community itself from misunderstanding, misuse, and abuse.
Vistamar provides students access to a variety of technologies for educational purposes that include the School network, Google accounts, computers, peripheral devices, printers, and more. The use of these technologies and resources, along with the use of personal electronic devices, including cellular data, is a privilege provided by the School—not a right. Students are thus expected use resources provided to them according to the “LARK” principle: legally, appropriately, responsibly, and kindly.
Accordingly, the School sets terms and conditions for the responsible use of technology. The use of technology at Vistamar is governed by the same code of conduct outlined in the student guidebook that applies to all other aspects of life within the School, both on and off campus. Students should have no expectation of privacy or anonymity while using resources provided or established by the School, and the data created and shared on the system are the property of Vistamar School. Vistamar also reserves the right to monitor and supervise the use of its property. While on the Vistamar campus, personal computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices may be used only at the discretion of your teachers.
Honesty, integrity, respect for others’ privacy, and commitment to the behavioral expectations set forth in this policy are expected at all times. The following guidelines apply to all students at Vistamar, both on and away from campus. When in doubt, use your best judgment to determine the proper course of action, while ensuring that you uphold the School’s core values by embracing integrity and purpose.
Online Privacy and Social Media
You are accountable for content shared online, including email, social media posts, blog posts, etc. What you share reflects both on you and on Vistamar in general and should maintain the same honesty, respect, and consideration as your face-to-face interactions.
There is little, if any, privacy online, and data can be easily replicated. Electronic media shared on the internet may persist indefinitely, both at Vistamar and beyond, even after deleted by the creator. Be thoughtful and intentional about what you choose to share.
Likewise, if you receive anything inappropriate, offensive, or illegal, it is your responsibility to report it to a teacher, the Director of Educational Technology, or the Dean of Students. Take the opportunity to uphold Vistamar’s digital integrity in both ways.
Digital citizenship plays an important role at Vistamar community, and in our community we respect the digital rights of others.
Protect others’ electronic property, including Google Drive data and myVistamar information, as you would your own. Ownership rights and license agreements should also be current for all of your software and digital media.
Share copyright-protected materials only with the author or owner’s permission, including obtaining permission from the Events and Communications Coordinator or the Director of Educational Technology for linking to or sharing material from the Vistamar website or using the School’s logo or photographs in any publication.
Your digital communications to other students, faculty and staff, and anyone outside of our community should reflect Vistamar’s community norms, including kindness, thoughtfulness, and integrity. Bullying of any kind has no place within our community, whether on or off campus.
Sharing inappropriate or offensive media, e.g., email, text messages, memes, videos, etc., violates our community code of conduct, as does the circulation of false, harmful, or defamatory information.
Use School resources to augment the learning process and engage with the world in meaningful ways. They are not intended to be used for non-educational purposes, e.g., video games, gambling, political lobbying, sending spam, etc.
Consequences for Violations
Inappropriate use of technology or behavior that does not follow the guidelines above may result in disciplinary action before the Honor Council, as outlined in the Student Guidebook, and may include loss of access to the School’s technology resources. Abuse and/or questionable behavior should be reported to a teacher, the Director of Educational Technology, or the Dean of Students. Reports, along with questions and comments, can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.