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Internet Safety Tutorial & Agreement

internet safety graphicThe MCS Internet Safety Tutorial & Agreement (ISTA) has been updated for the 2017/18 school year. The tutorial video has been shortened to less than 10 minutes. The previously included segments of Netiquette and Plagiarism have been separated out as optional viewing with links at the right. There are four distinct processes depending upon the grade level of the student.

  • BACKGROUND - Why is this process in place?

    Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    The Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), enacted December 21, 2000, requires recipients of federal technology funds to comply with certain Internet filtering and policy requirements. Schools and libraries receiving funds for Internet access and/or internal connection services must also meet the Internet safety policies of the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (“NCIPA”) which addresses the broader issues of electronic messaging, disclosure of personal information of minors, and unlawful online activities. The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, enacted October 10, 2008, adds an additional Internet Safety Policy requirement covering the education of minors about appropriate online behavior.

    District Administration Article: Protecting Children in the 21st Century

  • ELEMENTARY PROCESS

    Please see grade division directions below:

    • Grades TK-K Student Process

      For those TK and K teachers that want to incorporate any type of student Internet access related activity (not teacher demo), they will need to first present the following NetSmartz video lessons to their students and be responsible for maanaging student accounts.

      STUDENT LOGINS – The Transitional Kinder and Kindergarten teachers will be responsible for the creation and management of class passwords using MOSIS.

      PRESENTATION OF INTERNET SAFETY TUTORIAL & AGREEMENT

      • INITIAL TUTORIAL

        The Kindergarten teachers will use the Netsmartz Internet Safety video lessons prior to student use of the computers.

      • NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

        New students that enter the class after the initial class presentation will be guided by the teacher to a kiosk-mode login that will only feature a link to the Netsmartz video. After the student has viewed the presentation, the teacher will give them their Student login ID and password.

    • Grades 1-3 Student Process

      STUDENT LOGINS – The Computer Literacy teachers will be responsible for the creation and management of class passwords and will coordinate this information with the students’ Home Room teacher.

      PRESENTATION OF INTERNET SAFETY TUTORIAL & AGREEMENT

      • INITIAL TUTORIAL

        The Computer Literacy teachers will use the District's 1-3 Internet Safety video during the first unit of instruction prior to student use of the computers.

      • NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

        New students that enter the class after the initial class presentation will be guided by the Computer Literacy teacher to a kiosk-mode login that will only feature a link to the 1-3 Internet Safety Tutorial video. After the student has viewed the presentation, the teacher will give them their Student login ID and password.

    • Grades 4-6 Student Process

      STUDENT LOGINS – The Computer Literacy teachers will be responsible for the creation and management of class passwords and will coordinate this information with the students’ Home Room teacher.

      PRESENTATION OF INTERNET SAFETY TUTORIAL & AGREEMENT

      • INITIAL TUTORIAL

        The Computer Literacy teachers will use the District's 4-6 Internet Safety video during the first unit of instruction prior to student use of the computers. At the conclusion of the 4-6 lesson, students will take a Student Internet Safety quiz. After the students have completed the lesson and passed the Safety Quiz, the teacher will give them their Student login ID and password.

      • NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

        New students that enter the class after the initial class presentation will be guided by the Computer Literacy teacher to a kiosk-mode login that will only feature an English-language link and a Spanish language link to the 4-6 Internet Safety Tutorial video. At the conclusion of the 4-6 lesson, students will take a Student Internet Safety quiz. After the student has viewed the presentation and passed the Safety Quiz, the teacher will give them their Student login ID and password.

  • JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL PROCESS

    As it was last year, all 7th - 12th grade students will be required to view the new Internet Safety Tutorial, pass the associated quizzes and accept the terms of the Student Use Agreement. Students are being encouraged to complete the process at home between July 15 and September 30.

    • ISTA CONTENT

      The new tutorial has short videos and check for understanding activities on the following topics:

      • Electronic messaging
      • Disclosure of personal information
      • Appropriate online behavior
      • Cyber bullying
      • Plagiarism
    • WHERE THE ISTA CAN BE COMPLETED

      The new Internet Safety Tutorial and Agreement (ISTA) can be completed at home or school with the following conditions:

      HOME COMPUTERS – Any home network-connected computer or laptop using any browser

      MCS NETWORK COMPUTERS – Any HP workstation or laptop.

      SMARTPHONES – All smartphone will run the ISTA. Be sure to click the play icon after you begin the tutorial.

      The last step of the Internet Safety Tutorial is for students to accept the terms of use and then they will be prompted to change their user password. More details follow below.

    • ISTA LOGIN LINK - Students start here

      - Students can now go to http://ista.mcs4kids.com/ to login and complete the Internet Safety Tutorial & Agreement (ISTA). 

      iMPORTANT NOTE GRAPHICIMPORTANT LOGIN NOTE:  If students take the ISTA outside of the MCS network, they will need to enter their username as monet\ID# and then use their network password.login screen graphic

      EXAMPLE: If my student ID was 123456 then I would enter monet\123456 (NOTE Use \ not /)

      Students should expect to spend about 15 minutes to complete the ISTA.

    • WHAT ABOUT INCOMING STUDENTS FROM OTHER DISTRICTS

      New students to MCS, or students who have forgotten their password, will need to have their password reset through one of the offices on campus.  Many sites will be doing this as a part of their student roundup (S.O.A.R., P.A.T.S., S.P.E.A.R., etc.). Please contact your school site for details.

      1. Students will be directed to a specific location on site where staff will look each student up in MOSIS.
      2. The staff member will use the password reset to create a new temporary network password.
      3. The student will then be given their MCS Student ID and temporary password and directed to login to a District network-connected workstation
      4. At first login, the student will have to set a new password.
      5. The student will then need to complete the ISTA with that ID and their newly created password.
      6. At the end of this process the student will be forced to create a brand new password. This password will be valid for 395 days or until the next ISTA process.
  • INTERNET SAFETY TUTORIAL VIDEO - For parents and teachers that wish to see the video

    The embedded video below is the Internet Safety Tutorial video without the test or agreement. To complete the entire ISTA process students must login to the ISTA link at the right. The viewing of this Internet Safety video mashup is for your education only and viewing it does NOT fulfill the MCS requirements.