Schools to Seek Pledge on Student Internet Use

Students in the Los Alamitos Unified School District may soon have to pledge to abide by strict guidelines before accessing the Internet on school computers.

The policy, which earned preliminary approval at Monday's Board of Education meeting, prohibits the use of school computers to transmit or access information that is illegal, "inaccurate, threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit." Promotion of the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco is also prohibited.

Punishment ranges from loss of Internet privileges to expulsion.

"All schools have access to the Internet so we are very careful," said Elaine Hamada, the district's coordinator of special projects. "We certainly have to make sure it is used appropriately at all times."

The four-page policy must be signed by students and parents. The rules apply to school staff members too.

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