Lower School  Ethical Use Policy


Moses Brown School provides computers and other instructional technology to students for use in classrooms, libraries, and computer labs. In providing network and Internet service throughout MB, the goal is to facilitate access to resources, improve communication, and encourage innovation. Computers, iPads, software, the campus network, and the Internet are to be used only for class activities and other educational purposes. Where possible, MB takes precautions to restrict access to objectionable material, but it is not possible to have full control over access to resources and materials on the Internet. MB firmly believes that the development of skills for online research is an essential component of the educational process. Moreover, the benefits of information and worldwide interactive communication far outweigh the possibility of exposure to material that is not consistent with the school’s educational goals. Not all the information on the Internet is helpful, truthful, or responsible. Just like the information, not all the people on the Internet are responsible, and all users of the Internet need to be cautious and careful at all times. Each student must be able to make good decisions about appropriate and safe information and communication on the Internet.




Here are the rules that all Moses Brown students must observe:



1.      I WILL keep my name, address, phone number, and other personal information private from others on the Internet.

2.      I WILL keep my account names and passwords private and respect the work and privacy of others.

3.      I WILL respect the program settings, desktop arrangements, and file locations on all school technology.

4.      I WILL remember to use friendly language in all electronic communications.

5.      I WILL properly cite any Internet resources that I use in my work, remembering to paraphrase and summarize, not plagiarize!

We encourage you to use the Ethical Use Policy statement as an opportunity to discuss these important issues with your child.

In addition, some suggestions for your child’s safe use of the Internet at home and in school include:


Never provide personal or family information such as an address, telephone number, parents’ work address, work telephone number, or the name or location of your school, without parental permission.


Tell a parent, teacher, or another adult immediately if you come across information on the Internet or through electronic mail that makes you feel uncomfortable.


Never agree to get together with someone you met online without first checking with your parents.

Never respond to messages that are mean or in any way make you feel uncomfortable. It is not your fault you received a message like that. If you do receive unwanted or uncomfortable messages, tell your parents right away.


Create family online rules concerning the time of day, amount of time, and appropriate Internet activity and web sites for you.