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What Is An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)?
The National Education Association suggests that an effective AUP contain the following six key elements. Explanations of each element can be found here.
Acceptable Use for Librarians & Educators
The Internet Advocate, "A Web-based Resource Guide for Librarians and Educators Interesting in Providing Youth Access to the Net," recommends that librarians and educators be prepared to:
In other words, an AUP can't be developed in a vacuum. A vital, workable Acceptable Use Policy must be based on a philosophy that balances freedom and responsibility. To that end, the Internet Advocate Web site provides many of the tools that librarians and educators will need to develop a philosophy and a workable AUP.
Many AUPs make students aware of basic Internet safety rules before they are allowed to surf independently. A popular resource, especially for elementary-age children, is Lawrence J. Magid's "My Rules for Online Safety." Among those rules are:
Magid also has written Teen Safety on the Information Highway, which delineates the special risks faced by teenagers. Among the advice given to teenagers: Share what you know about the Internet with your parents!
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