Texas - Acceptable Internet Use Policies: Policy or Plan Requirements

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

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

Texas Statutes Education Code 38.023 List of Resources Concerning Internet Safety

The agency shall develop and make available to school districts a list of resources concerning Internet safety, including a list of organizations and Internet websites that may assist in educating teachers and students about:

  • (1) the potential dangers of allowing personal information to appear on an Internet website;

  • (2) the significance of copyright laws; and

  • (3) the consequences of cyber-plagiarism and theft of audiovisual works, including motion pictures, software, and sound recordings, through uploading and downloading files on the Internet.


Texas Statutes Education Code 37.217 Community Education Relating to Internet Safety

(a) The center, in cooperation with the attorney general, shall develop a program that provides instruction concerning Internet safety, including instruction relating to:

  • (1) the potential dangers of allowing personal information to appear on an Internet website;

  • (2) the manner in which to report an inappropriate online solicitation; and

  • (3) the prevention, detection, and reporting of bullying or threats occurring over the Internet.

(b) In developing the program, the center shall:

  • (1) solicit input from interested stakeholders; and

  • (2) to the extent practicable, draw from existing resources and programs.
    (c) The center shall make the program available to public schools.

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