New suggested guidelines for students’ use of ECDs (electronic communication devices) were drafted by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. The report suggests some answers to commonly asked questions by K-12 administrators and teachers. Of interest to me in the full report were the dimensions of privacy and free speech addressed.
Examples from the report:
- What qualifies as an electronic communication device?
- Cell phones, computers, pagers, and any device that allows direct electronic communication or communication via social networking.
- When do school electronic communication device rules apply?
- During school activities on school time and during school-endorsed activities outside of school hours.
- What constitutes misuse of an electronic communication device?
- Refusal to turn off a device when told; damaging school-owned devices; causing an in-school disruption; using the device for cheating, cyberbullying, or sexting.
- When can schools punish a student for misuse outside of school?
- When misuse causes school disruptions or harms students, teachers, or other school personnel in a manner that the offending student should have expected.
- What are acceptable consequences for misuse?
- Device searches; verbal and written warnings; confiscations; notices to parents or law-enforcement authorities; extracurricular restrictions; and suspensions or expulsions.