Digital citizenship and internet safety is everyone’s responsibility. Lessons incorporating these skills are implemented by administrators, teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, School Resource Officers, and instructional technology resource teachers. Henrico County takes the responsibility of protecting our students very seriously and educating them on how to make safe choices. The following has been put in place to protect our students:
1. Filtering– HCPS complies with all the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) by providing Internet Filtering and monitoring. All laptops are filtered 24/7 through the use of a mobile client filter that provides filtering anywhere students use their computer.
2. Monitoring– Monitoring software is in place on all secondary laptop computers. Administrators have the ability to monitor student activity at any time during the school day.
3. COPPA– HCPS complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by protecting student information that may be communicated to our digital resource partners. All terms and conditions have been vetted by our legal department and any necessary changes have been made to those terms and conditions to protect all students. Teachers are advised to use approved resources whose terms of service have been reviewed to ensure student information is safe and access to inappropriate content is restricted.A list of those vetted resources can be found by clicking here.
4. Education– HCPS provisions Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety training for all students, teachers, and administrators. Online training is provided for all parents and resources are available 24/7. 6th grade parents are required to attend laptop information sessions, either face-to-face or online, before their students are issued a laptop computer.
5. Security Policies-Students are prevented from installing any software on the laptops.
6. Google Apps for Education – Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a Henrico-only environment that provides an additional layer of privacy and protection. Students have access to programs that allow them to create and collaborate. Elementary and middle students are blocked from Gmail (with the exception of select pilot middle school students.) Google Plus and Hangouts are blocked for all students. For additional information on Google Apps for Education, click here.