The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes the educational value of students utilizing mobile devices to enhance their learning through the responsible access to global information and communication. The DSBN further recognizes the critical role that parents play in educating their children on the appropriate use of mobile devices and in monitoring their use of these devices as today’s responsible digital citizens. This partnership of parents and schools is essential in achieving success in ensuring appropriate use of ever changing technology.
Technology continues to evolve, providing users with an array of sophisticated tools. Mobile devices are now widely marketed to young people who bring them to school.
Mobile devices, while serving legitimate purposes, can also be used in an intrusive manner. The privacy, safety and dignity of others could be violated by the inappropriate use of audio and video recording devices. Mobile devices also have the potential to interfere with the students’ personal learning or the learning of others.
The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes that students may have in their possession personal mobile devices. This policy governs the acceptable use of personal mobile devices by students while at school or at school related activities.
It is the policy of the DSBN that personal mobile devices are allowed where they are deemed not to interfere with their personal learning or the learning of others. They are not to be used in private areas such as locker rooms and washrooms nor are they to be used where it interferes with privacy or safety of staff, students or others.
School administrators shall include in the school organizer/agenda information on appropriate use of mobile devices. School staff at the school and at the DSBN shall determine what, if any, use is interfering with the learning.