Technology provides students with easy to access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn. It enables students to explore new subjects and deepen their understanding of difficult concepts. The use of technology inside and outside the classroom allows students to gain 21st-century technical skills necessary for future occupations.
With the proliferation of technology, there are concerns regarding screen time, cyberbullying, digital citizenship, media literacy, and exposure to inappropriate content. For parents, keeping it up with it all can be a formidable challenge.
We hope that the resources on this page will help provide answers to some of these questions
What can I do to help my child use technology responsibly?
How can I make sure my child is safe online?
What can I do to prevent the sharing of personally identifiable information?
How can I teach my children to build a positive digital footprint?
Please see the information below for resources provided to students and specific action the district has taken on keeping students safe online
Myrtle Point School District provides Chromebooks for students in grades K-12. Grades K-6 have 1:1 Chromebook laptops in their classroom that stay at the school in charging carts. Grades 7-12 have 1:1 Chromebook laptops that can be taken home.
Students in all grades are assigned Google Apps for Education accounts for google classroom, documents, spreadsheets, slides, email, etc. There are also other applications and extensions that students use to facilitate and enhance learning.
The devices used by students are managed by the District's I.T. Department. This includes content filtering through GoGuardian, which applies to district issued devices both off and on site. Myrtle Point School District is compliant with all provisions of the Child Internet Protection Act.
GoGuardian is a software company that helps schools manage a fleet, and filter the content of the internet. GoGuardian's content filtering applies to district-owned chromebooks on and off site, as well as all personal devices on the district's guest network. It does not filter or monitor sites accessed by students using a personal device on cellular service.
GoGuardian Parent was created to help provide additional educational support to administrators and teachers by allowing parents to see what sites and documents their children are browsing and providing parents with additional internet controls at home. The app gives parents a bird's eye view of the apps and websites that their kids are on most often and control over school-issued devices during out-of-school hours. With this perspective, parents can be made aware of what types of browsing behavior schools are seeing from students so they can all work together to encourage more effective internet browsing habits at home and at school.
If you would like access to the GoGuardian Parent application, please reach out to your school for instructions on how to register and install the application. For more information about GoGuardian Parent, please visit this link.
We support the use of YouTube on student devices and monitor usage through moderate restricted mode. Students have limited access, and usage is monitored at school through safe search queries and GoGuardian. Teachers have the ability to approve restricted videos if needed for educational purposes.
As recipients of funds through the federal eRate program, Myrtle Point School District is in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
CIPA was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet
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The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. By default, Google advertising is turned of for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. The District's use of information is solely for educational purposes.
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Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc.) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.
The school will not publish confidential education records (grades, student ID #, etc.) for public viewing on the Internet.
The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student's last names or other personally identifiable information.
Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children not be published.
Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child's email and Apps for Education files
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