The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

7540 - COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND NETWORKS

The School Board is committed to the effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of Board operations. Safeguards shall be established so that the Board's investment in both hardware and software is achieving the benefits of technology and inhibiting negative side effects. Accordingly, students shall be educated about appropriate online behavior including, but not limited to, using social media to interact with others online; interacting with other individuals in chat rooms or on blogs; and, recognizing what constitutes cyberbullying, understanding cyberbullying is a violation of District policy, and learning appropriate responses if they are victims of cyberbullying. (see Policy 5500)

Social media shall be defined as internet-based applications (such as Facebook, My Space, Twitter, etc.) that turn communication into interactive dialogue between users. The Board prohibits any access and use of social media by students and staff members from the District's network, except to the District's collaboration sites and/or approved sites as directed by the Superintendent.

Administrative procedures shall be established for proper acquisition of technology and to provide guidance to staff, students, and other authorized users about making safe, appropriate and ethical use of the computers and other equipment as well as any networks that may be established. These procedures shall also inform staff and students about disciplinary actions that will be taken if Board technology and/or networks are abused in any way or used in an illegal or unethical manner.

The use of these technology resources is a privilege, not a right.

F.S. 1001.43