Colorado - Acceptable Internet Use Policies: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt Internet use policies or to provide instruction on safe Internet use.

C.R.S. 22-87-104. Adoption and enforcement of policy of internet safety for minors - public schools

(1) No later than December 31, 2013, the governing body of each district shall adopt and implement a policy of internet safety for minors.

(2) After the adoption and implementation of the policy of internet safety required by subsection (1) of this section, the governing body of each district shall continue to enforce the policy adopted.


C.R.S. 22-32-109.1. Board of education - specific powers and duties - safe school plan - conduct and discipline code - safe school reporting requirements - school response framework - school resource officers - definitions - repeal

(2)

(c) Internet safety plan. (I) Each school district is encouraged to provide a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum that teaches safety in working and interacting on the internet in grades kindergarten through twelve. At a minimum, the curriculum may address the following topics:

  • (A) Interaction with persons in the cybercommunity;

  • (B) Personal safety in interacting with persons on the internet;

  • (C) Recognition and avoidance of online bullying;

  • (D) Technology, computer virus issues, and ways to avoid computer virus infection;

  • (E) Predator identification;

  • (F) Intellectual property, including education concerning plagiarism and techniques to avoid committing plagiarism and laws concerning downloading of copyrighted materials including music;

  • (G) Privacy and the internet;

  • (H) Online literacy, including instruction in how to identify credible, factual, trustworthy websites; and

    • (I) Homeland security issues related to internet use.

    • (II) Each school district is encouraged to structure the internet safety plan so as to incorporate the internet safety topics into the teaching of the regular classroom curricula, rather than isolating the topics as a separate class. Each school district is encouraged to use available internet safety curricula resources, including but not limited to materials available through nonprofit internet safety foundations that are endorsed by the federal government. Each school district is also encouraged to work with local law enforcement for the jurisdiction in which the school district is located in developing the internet safety curricula, especially with regard to topics that address personal safety on the internet, internet predator identification, privacy issues, and homeland security issues. Each school district is also encouraged to collaborate with parents and teachers in developing the internet safety curricula, including collaborating with district and statewide organizations that represent parents and teachers.

    • (III) Each school district is encouraged to begin implementing the internet safety plan with the 2005-06 school year and to annually review and, as necessary, revise the plan. Each school district is encouraged to identify a person who is responsible for overseeing implementation of the internet safety plan within each public school of the school district to ensure that each public school complies with the requirements of the plan.

    • (IV) If a school district chooses to adopt an internet safety plan and to identify a person who is responsible for overseeing implementation of the plan, the person is encouraged to annually submit an internet safety plan implementation report to the school district board of education specifying the level of implementation achieved by each public school of the school district and providing an overview of the internet safety curricula adopted and implemented in each public school of the school district. The school district board of education of each school district that chooses to adopt an internet safety plan is encouraged to submit to the department of education an annual report summarizing the internet safety plan implementation report and is encouraged to make the annual summary report available on the school district website.

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