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Web Safety

Protecting Our Students

 

At Calvin Christian School, we believe there is a balance between protecting students from inappropriate content and teaching them responsible behavior. As students grow older, they are given more responsibility. Here are a few of the ways we accomplish this balance.

Students in grades 5 and below can send and receive email only within the Calvin Christian School domain. That means they can get email from Calvin teachers, administrators and students, but not from anyone else. This is called a “walled garden”.

The content that students send and receive through their Calvin Google Apps for Education account, which includes gmail, is monitored. If it is deemed inappropriate, the principal will meet with the student and the student may be disciplined.

Every parent and student must sign Calvin’s Acceptable Use Policy, which explains in detail what is and what is not allowed regarding technology at Calvin.

Teachers have been instructed to physically monitor the student’s use of technology.

Students are taught how to be Christian Digital Citizens by all teachers as they use technology at school. In addition there is Christian Digital Citizenship unit taught in a required technology class (either in junior high, or in high school for students that transfer into Calvin without being taught Digital Citizenship).

The Internet for the entire campus is filtered. Websites that fall within the following categories are blocked:

  • Adware
  • Alcohol
  • Dating
  • Drugs
  • Gambling
  • Hate/Discrimination
  • Lingerie/Bikini
  • Nudity
  • Pornography
  • Proxy/Anonymizer
  • Sexuality
  • Tasteless
  • Weapons
  • Malware
  • Drive-by Downloads/Exploits
  • Mobile Threats
  • Suspicious Response
  • Botnet
  • Phishing
  • High Risk Sites and Locations