Acceptable Use Policy
- The computer systems at school are for the benefit of the whole community.
- All students (Class I – XII) who use these facilities must abide by the following regulations, which place reasonable limitations on behavior and usage to protect the School from misuse of its systems.
General Computer Use at School
- Must respect school equipment and not damage, mark fiddle with or move IT equipment from their normal position.
- Must inform teachers if they find any damage to a computer immediately they sit in their place.
- Must only use their own user area and not attempt to access other user’s areas or files.
- Must keep their password secret from other people and change it immediately if they consider it is known by others.
- May only use the computer for school Project work / Inter School events ensuring that their user area only contains items related to school work.
- May use flash drives or other media if installed on the computers, but only for purposes of transferring or saving their work. Attempting to run any programs from removable media is strictly forbidden.
- May not eat or drink whilst sitting at a computer station.
- May not try to obtain unauthorized access to programs, services, areas and facilities on site or at other internet sites (usually referred to as ‘hacking’) using school facilities.
- Must not intentionally attempt to install any software or viruses on to school equipment.
- Must not intentionally waste resources (e.g. paper and ink) or violate copyright law.
All internet access is filtered to try to reduce the chance of students accessing inappropriate materials.
- Must receive permission from a member of staff before accessing the internet.
- Must access only appropriate sites for their work; any attempt to bypass filtering system or access social networking sites or chat rooms will be with the express permission of a teacher for a work related item.
- Must not claim to be representing the school in an official capacity when using the internet or e-mail or website.
- Must not use any internet services to purchase goods nor any payments.
On the Internet – Play Safe (Every Child Matters)
As the internet allows you to do more and more online, it is extremely important to be aware of the dangers and how to stay safe.
Internet safety basics
- Use social networks’ privacy settings so only your friends can see your stuff.
- Never open an email from an unknown source – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer.
- Don’t send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send you.
- Passwords should be kept private (except from parents).
Strategies for responsible -- and safer -- online life
- There’s no such thing as “private” online. Anything posted can be seen by or forwarded to strangers.
- Must know what’s okay to post. Teen years are full of self-expression and rebellion. Just make sure that your you know your rules about suggestive material or other content that will reflect poorly on you. This means no embarrassing or cruel posts, no hate speech or groups, no compromising pictures you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.
- Be a good digital citizen. Online cheating is still cheating. And flagging inappropriate content isn’t tattling.
- The Golden Rule applies in cyberspace. If you wouldn’t do it in real life, you shouldn’t do it online.
- Encourage critical thinking. You should ask “who posted this? Why?” Thinking this way will help you find trustworthy information, and it will also help you avoid online scams that deliver spyware and viruses directly to your home. You should also think critically about your own posts. Learn to ask yourself, “Why am I posting this? Who will see it? Could it be misunderstood?”
- Stay in safe neighborhoods. Just as you learn not to walk down dark alleys alone at night, you need to know how to avoid creepy places online.
- Review your own habits carefully. Parents are the ultimate role models. Keep channels of communication open.
- Better safe than sorry. Make sure you are comfortable telling your parents / teachers if anything menacing or cruel happens -- no matter what site you were on.
Chat Rooms and Forums
- Never give out personal details in messenger or in personal profiles.
- Never give a friend’s details.
- Never meet up with anyone you meet online.
- Remember that people may not be who they say they are.
- Remember that most reputable chat rooms allow you to block messages from a particular sender.
Secure Sites – Think to look out for online before submitting personal and payment details :
- A locked padlock in the corner of the status bar (at the bottom of the page).
- The letter ‘s’ after the ‘http’ in the site address e.g. https://www.
- Your web browser may alert you if you are entering a secure site.
- Be careful about who you share photos with.
Cyber Policy : Students of Classes VI to X
- Reflecting on the over indulgence and dependence on the electronic gadgets (including mobile phone), CBSE, in July 2009, has termed them as sources of distraction which can also be misused.
- Aiming to create meaningful learning atmosphere in the school and particularly in the Classroom, the school doesn't permit any student carrying any electronic article to the school. Non compliance of the rules would be considered as an offence.
- Such articles (cell phone, pen drives, hard discs, PSP's, CD's etc. z) are strictly not allowed and if a student is found in possession of it then the mobile phone would be consiscated and it becomes the school property. Along with this, the school counselor would also take parental undertaking from the parents, stating that the offence would not be repeated.
- The school looks forward to creating an atmosphere wherein creativity and learning is nurtured and hence enabling holistic growth of every student.
ANTI-CORPORAL PUNISHMENT POLICY
The Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE, 2009), clearly states that no child shall be subjected to “physical punishment or mental harassment” in schools. Those officials that contravene this provision shall be liable for disciplinary action under service rules applicable to them.
It is not easy to define corporal punishment as it involves humiliation and insult which a child feels as a subject. Considering the millions of ways in which punishment is perpetrated on children in contemporary times, it is impossible to exhaust all the forms of insinuations and violence. However, following behaviour has been categorically put under Anti corporal policy of the school.
PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT is understood as any action that causes pain, hurt/injury and discomfort to a child, however light. Examples of physical punishment include but are not restricted to the following:
- Causing physical harm to children by hitting, kicking, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling the hair, boxing ears, smacking, slapping, and spanking or with any implement (cane, stick, shoe, chalk, dusters, belt, whip, giving electric shock etc.)
- Making children assume an uncomfortable position (standing on the bench, standing against the wall in a chair-like position, standing with a schoolbag on the head, holding ears through legs, kneeling etc.)
- Forced ingestion of anything (for example: washing soap, mud, chalk, hot spices etc.)
- Detention in the classroom, library, toilet or any closed space in the school.
MENTAL HARASSMENT is understood as any non-physical treatment that is detrimental to the academic and psychological well-being of a child. It includes but is not restricted to the following:
- Sarcasm that hurts or lowers the child’s dignity; Calling names and scolding using humiliating adjectives, intimidation;
- Using derogatory remarks for the child, including pinning of slogans;
- Ridiculing the child with regard to his/her background or status or parental occupation or caste;
- Ridiculing the child with regard to his/her health status or that of the family – especially HIV/AID Sand tuberculosis;
- Belittling a child in the classroom due to his/her inability to meet the teacher’s expectations of academic achievement;
- Punishing or disciplining a child, not recognizing that most children who perform poorly in academics are actually children with special needs. Such children could have conditions like learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mild developmental delay etc.
- Using punitive measures to correct a child and even labeling him/her as difficult; such as a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who may not only fare poorly in academics, but also pose a problem in management of classroom behaviors;
- ‘Shaming’ the child to motivate the child to improve his performance and
- Ridiculing a child with developmental problems such as learning difficulty or a speech disorder, such as, stammering or speech articulation disorder.
DISCRIMINATION is understood as prejudiced views and behaviour towards any child because of her/his caste/gender, occupation or region and non-payment of fees or for being a student admitted under the25% reservation to disadvantaged groups or weaker sections of society under the RTE, 2009. It can be latent; manifest; open or subtle. It includes but is not restricted to the following:
- Bringing social attitudes and prejudices of the community into the school by using belittling remarks against a specific social group or gender or ability/disability;
- Assigning different duties and separate seating in schools based on caste, community or gender prejudices for example, cleaning of toilets assigned by caste; task of making tea;
- Commenting on academic ability based on caste or community prejudices and
- Denying a facility like library books or uniforms or sports facilities to a child or group of children based on caste, community, religion or gender.
SCHOOL POLICY OF BBPS, NOIDA
The concept of punishment has always nursed a sense of fear and learning does not occur in a fear prone environment. It is therefore imperative that schools should adopt such methods by which the learner develops a sense of self-confidence and self-dependence On certain occasions, when the behaviour and attitude of the students is acceptable, it is important to find out the reasons for such errant behaviour and counsel them appropriately rather than to punish them straight away.
Corporal punishment signals to the child that a way to settle interpersonal conflicts is to use physical force and inflict pain. Such children may in turn resort to such behavior themselves. They may also fail to develop trusting, secure relationships with adults and fail to evolve the necessary skills to settle disputes or wield authority in less violent ways. Supervising adults who will-fully humiliate children and punish by force and pain are often causing more harm than they prevent.
Research on corporal punishment has shown that it is indeed harmful. Many other methods of discipline are effective in promoting self-control, eliminating undesirable behaviors and promoting desired behaviors in children. The school recommends non-violent methods of addressing inappropriate behavior, such as behavior management and school-wide positive behavior supports.
The School believes that there is no scope for such punishments in the learning environment and the teachers should adopt strategies by which the learner realizes one’s mistake, if any, rather than face a corporal punishment by the institution. Love reinforces confidence and once the learner believes that the school atmosphere is permeating with love from the teachers, they will desist from indulging any acts that would negate the environment that has been built.
THE SCHOOL HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.