Acceptable Use

Acceptable Use and appropriate use of the Internet is something that both teachers and students must understand. Educators must be constantly evaluating resources for appropriate use, and modeling for students. Each school district must have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for students and staff in order to get Universal Service Funding. These policies outline the safe practices, expectations and responsibilities of using technology within the educational environment.


  • CoSN ( Consortium for School Networking Initiative) published a recent Guide for Districts in March 2013.
Sample document from Stafford County Schools


AUP stands for Acceptable Use Policy and is frequently part of a school student handbook, or Internet Use Agreement your school will have students sign, or their responsible adult/parent. It is a contract which helps explain the rules for using digital technologies, such as cell phones, computers, and the Internet in the school or educational environment.

The AUP can set expectations and consequences for behaviors as well as use, such as cyber-bullying. This is one way educators try to help keep students safe in the digital world at school.

Your Turn


What does your AUP tell you? Read through the AUP for your school district and then be prepared to summarize at least three key points that should be important for all students to remember.