51 ASB Middle School Handbook
Deliberate attempts to violate ASB’s Responsible Use Policy, compromise, degrade or
disrupt system performance may result in restricted use of technology at school or other
appropriate consequences. The American School of Bombay may limit, suspend or revoke
a student’s access to the school’s technology systems or the network upon violation of the
Responsible Use Policy.
Guidelines for Laptop Use Parents and Students
1. Given that families own the laptops, the same deliberate and appropriate care that is
accorded to other valuable personal belongings should be given to the laptops.
2. We discourage the loading of any games, movies, music and non-educational programs
onto the laptops at any time. If the collection and use of those kinds of digital media are
important, we recommend storing them on external devices.
3. At school, students may not use the laptops for personal or entertainment purposes of
any kind during classes.
4. When students are using the laptop at home or at school for educational purposes, we
encourage them to attend to one task at a time. While having multiple programs open
at the same time may facilitate learning, all open programs should serve the same
purpose with respect to task focus and accomplishment.
5. At home, families should set up work routines within which family time, homework, play
and socializing take place at separate and distinct times. While recognizing the value
and necessity of multi-tasking, we recommend that the potential distractive power of
doing so be an ongoing family conversation.
6. We encourage a work environment at home that promotes trust, responsibility and
accountability. Given the safety and family values concerns of some internet content,
we suggest student work station placement provide all family members a direct line of
sight to their laptop monitor and have ongoing family discussions about appropriate
internet use. We advise that student passwords be written in a safe place and that
parents have access to passwords.
7. We strongly recommend that students disable/turn off chat programs or other default
communication programs while they are working on the laptop at home. At school, chat
programs are used appropriately only as part of a class lesson. If used at home, chat
program preferences should be set so that they are turned off during the school day.