The Applecross Senior High School Computer Network (AXNet) has been established for the educational and professional use of Applecross students, faculty and staff.
The use of the network is a privilege not a right. The School Administrators regulate access to and the use of its network by principles consistent with the educational mission of the school. The rules for AXNet are fairly simple and conform to the guidelines of the broader rules and expectations required of students of the school. The Internet is a vast, global network, linking computers at universities, high schools, science labs, and other sites around the world. Access to E-mail and the World Wide Web (WWW) will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further our educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for interaction far outweighs the possibility that users may procure inappropriate materials.
Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.
To that end Applecross Senior High School supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for access.
Computers - Terms and Conditions
Students may not use the AXNet to access inappropriate or ’adult’ materials found on the Internet. The Network Administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Students not exercising responsibility by accessing such materials will have their Internet License revoked.
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
(a) Be polite
(b) Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
(c) Personal addresses and/or phone numbers or phone numbers of other students or colleagues should not be revealed over the ’Net’.
(d) Note that E-mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
(e) The network should not be used in such a way that could disrupt the use of the network by other users. This includes playing games.
(f) Always logon as yourself. Logging on with someone else’s account details is prohibited.
Students may not use the AXNet for the purposes of harassment of others, either within the school community or in the broader Internet community. Foul and abusive language, attempts to fill electronic mailboxes, the posting of obscene images or texts reflect poorly on the user and the school and will not be tolerated. Students should ask themselves if the information they are posting or sending would be acceptable if displayed or stated in a school assembly or published in the School Bulletin. Improper use may constitute an offence under the Commonwealth Crimes Act.
Breach of Copyright
The AXNet/Internet contains vast amounts of information. Much of that information has been placed there for the free use of users. Nevertheless, law, ethics and common courtesy require that proper acknowledgment of the use of the intellectual property of others must be made. Students should treat information found electronically in the same way as information found in printed resources. Rules against plagiarism will be enforced. Many software programs reside on the ’Net’. It is the responsibility of each user to comply with the requirements of the owners of the software regarding its acquisition and use.
Participation in public sharing of music files eg. MP3 is illegal as is the copying of computer games.
Applecross will not tolerate the use of AXNet for the illegal copying or storing of illegally acquired software. The school will not be liable for any breach of copyright by a user.
In this case illegal use refers to deliberate attempts to damage the hardware, software or information residing on the school network or any other computer system via the Internet. Attempts to violate the integrity of private files or programs, the deliberate infecting of the network with a computer virus, attempts at hacking into any computer on the network, or other such actions are prohibited. Unauthorized access to and use of data and damage, alteration and deletion of data may constitute offences under the Criminal Code (WA) and Crimes Act (Commonwealth).
Purchase of Products
Students are prohibited from ordering, purchasing or obtaining any products through the AXNet. The school will not take responsibility if the AXNet is used for this purchase. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilisation of the network resources. If an AXNet user violates any of these provisions, his or her access (Internet License) will be terminated.
Inappropriate use of the network
Computer files that are not directly related to the school curriculum, are not permitted to be downloaded to, stored on, or transferred from or to, the school network or the school computers. This includes games, music, executables, scripts, videos and any other file types deemed inappropriate by the Network Administrator. The playing of games on school computers, is strictly forbidden.