Louisiana - Acceptable Internet Use Policies: Policy or Plan Requirements

Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

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

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:280 Internet and cell phone safety education; required instruction

A.  The governing authority of each public elementary and secondary school shall provide age and grade appropriate classroom instruction regarding Internet and cell phone safety. Such instruction shall be integrated into an existing course of study and shall include but need not be limited to providing students with information on the following with respect to both cell phones and the Internet:

  • (1)  The safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of electronic communication.

  • (2)  Risks of transmitting personal information.

  • (3)  Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting solicitations by sexual predators.

  • (4)  Recognizing and reporting illegal activities and communications.

  • (5)  Recognizing and reporting harassment and cyberbullying.

  • (6)  Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications.

  • (7)  Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.

B.  The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall prescribe suitable teaching materials for instruction.

C.  Each public school governing authority shall provide teaching materials regarding Internet and cell phone safety to parents and legal guardians.

D.  No person shall have a cause of action against any school district, school, or school employee based on any statement made or action taken, or by the omission of any statement or action, regarding instruction required by this Section. The immunity from liability established in this Subsection shall not apply to any statement or action by a school employee that is maliciously, willfully, and deliberately intended to cause bodily harm to a student or to harass or intimidate a student.

Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1709 Internet Use

A. Each LEA shall adopt policies, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, regarding access by students and employees to Internet and online sites that contain or make reference to harmful material, the character of which is such that it is reasonably believed to be obscene, child pornography, conducive to the creation of a hostile or dangerous school environment, pervasively vulgar, excessively violent, or sexually harassing in the school environment.

    1. Such policies shall include, but not be limited to prohibitions against accessing sites containing information on the manufacturing or production of bombs or other incendiary devices.

B. Any policies adopted by the LEA shall include the use of computer-related technology or the use of Internet service provider technology designed to block access or exposure to any harmful material as specified in this Section, or both.

C. The provisions of this Section shall not prohibit any authorized employee or student from having unfiltered or unrestricted access to the Internet or an online service for legitimate scientific or educational purposes as determined and approved by the LEA, or from having unfiltered or unrestricted access to the Internet or online services of a newspaper with a daily circulation of at least 1000.
Source: Louisiana Division of Administration

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