Murry Bergtraum High School

Internet Access Guidelines

Please read this entire document and then follow the directions at the end to insure your continued use of the Internet at MBHS.

MBHS is pleased to provide you with access to the Internet, email and digital communications. For those new to this technology, the Internet is a powerful, world wide computer network that can be used to send electronic mail, to view and display text, still and moving images, and sound on the World Wide Web, or to post messages to bulletin boards or chat rooms. Internet technology changes constantly. As the Internet changes, MBHS policy will change. The following guidelines will provide you with basic information about your rights and responsibilities as a User of MBHS's Internet facilities.

The policy set by each teacher in hir classroom will reflect the latest change in school and BOE policy.

1. These guidelines and the policies MBHS may adopt in the future are designed to make the school's Internet resources available to the entire MBHS community and to help you use those resources responsibly. Your cooperation and adherence to these guidelines and policies is a condition of continued access to MBHS's Internet resources. Violation of MBHS Internet Access Policy may result in disciplinary action and may have significant legal consequences.

2. The same laws, school rules and codes of conduct that apply to your conduct in general apply to your conduct on the Internet. In particular contrary to what you may have heard, Internet based communications, such as email, postings to bulletin boards, chat rooms, and web sites can be used to commit acts that are illegal (the actor goes to jail) and unlawful (the actor gets sued). The penalty for illegal actions that may be committed using computers can be substantial. For example, software piracy is a federal offense, and upon first conviction, carries a penaly of imprisonment for up to ten (10) years and a fine up to $250,000. Any act that is either a civil or criminal violation of United States law, New York law or the law of other states is against school policy.

3. Your user ID and password are keys to accessing data about you and your work for school. In the wrong hands, your password and User ID can be used to impersonate you on line and take unauthorized action in your name. Accordingly, except for authorized school system employees, it is against MBHS policy for anyone to disclose and User ID or password, including their own, or to have, use, or attempt to use any other person's User ID or password under any circumstances. If you believe that anyone has learned your User ID or Password, you should inform your teacher.

4. The Principal is in charge of deciding when and how the school's name, seal and logo are used. Accordingly, you should not post anything to the Internet or send any electonic communication in the name of the Murry Bergtraum High School without prior consent of Mr Nellen or the Principal.

5. MBHS believes in free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Accordingly, the school will not censor electronic communication and it cannot insulate you from receiving communications that you may find offensive. However, MBHS is also committed to providing its students with a safe, orderly, and productive working environment. Transmission of any threatening, intimidating or discriminatory communication, any communication that reveals private facts about another person without that person's permissions, or any communication that is intended to harass, intimidate or annoy another member of the MBHS community or to interfere with any students ability to perform hir job duties is against school's policy and may well be a violation of civil or criminal law. The school has the right to review electronic communications made using its facilities, and it may monitor those communications as necessary to ensure a safe, secure and orderly campus environment and to promote the interests of the MBHS Community. If you receive any threatening communication from any source, inside or outside the school, you should report it immediately to Security, your Webmaster, and the Dean's office. If that communication comes to you in electronic form, you should also inform your teacher. Be sure to save the mail.

6. The use of the school's computer facilities to access any of the following types of web sites without the prior written consent of the User's supervisor:

7. The use of MBHS Internet resources to transmit or propagate email transmissions such as broadcast email, chain letters, mass market advertisements [spamming] of any kind without the prior written consent of the User's supervisor.

8. Each child owns the copyright on all work created and published or not published on the Internet. By publishing it, each child is making this work available to others, who should not publish it without that child's permission. We will help enforce this to the best of our ability even though we support free flow of information for educational purposes.

Using the Internet at MBHS is a two step process:
Step 1: If you agree to follow the guidelines set down in this AUP then please send the Database email which simply states that you agree to follow the guidelines of the MBHS AUP. Type your full name, ID, Official class and date it. If the webmaster does not receive this from you, then your account will be forfeit.

Step 2:All MBHS students must have a signed Permission Slip to continue to use the Internet in school.

  • Cyber Angels provides some heady advice to teen surfers and is must read for Bergtraum's netizens.
  • A sample of other good AUP's, if you need to learn more.

    Happy and safe surfing.