• Safe & Smart Digital Practices

    Why do we need to teach Cyber-Safety?  Our children live in a digital world. They communicate, create and collaborate through technology and they have instant access to a wealth of information and multimedia.
    Our children are digital natives; never knowing a time without cell phones, DVDs, Facebook and Google. But growing up with these devices and resources does not mean they automatically have the knowledge and skills to carefully evaluate information and make responsible, respectful and safe choices about how they access and use these digital tools. We must guide our students to become cyber-savvy, responsible digital citizens with the 21 Century skills to graduate College, Career, and Community ready and thrive in our local and global economy.

    Snapshot of OUSD
    Internet Filter is in place for all students.  The District has a filter for all internet traffic that blocks offensive and inappropriate content. The filtering is adjusted periodically to meet the needs of teaching and learning. The filter is also in place as a requirement for federal E-rate funding. Part of Digital Citizenship is students learning to avoid offensive and inappropriate content and how to handle unsafe situations online.
    Every K-12 student in OUSD has his/her own OUSD Google Account.  With this account they can access the suite of Google applications to create and collaborate.  For secondary students, once they complete required CyberSafety curriculum, email can be enabled (this is turned OFF by default) so that students can communicate with the outside world, applying for college and scholarships.  The students own and keep their own Google Accounts for the duration of their K-12 career.
    There are over 15,000 Chromebooks in OUSD schools.  The Chromebooks is the primary tool for taking the online Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC), as well as for daily learning.  Students log into the Chromebook with their own Google accounts, and from there have access to filtered internet, their online learning applications such as Achieve 3000 and ST Math, as well as their own digital portfolio in Google Drive. 
    OUSD supports privacy in the use of Google Apps with our students.  We are confident that Google is not using or abusing data at the expense of our students.  We have signed data sharing agreements with any third party software providers as well.  The following link summarizes Google's stance: https://www.google.com/edu/trust/ Google also signed the President Obama endorsed privacy pledge: http://studentprivacypledge.org/
Last Modified on November 15, 2015