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Internet & E-mail Use Policy

NOTE: Each school has a separate form to sign and return to the school office. You can find those forms among the admissions forms.

Every classroom at Wilmington Christian School is equipped with access to the Internet. Wilmington Christian School is committed to using this resource in a manner that is beneficial to students. Students will learn responsible use of the Internet as a valuable learning and collaborative tool, and will use the Internet to aid learning in all academic areas.

About this Document

This document presents the Internet & E-mail acceptable use policy of Wilmington Christian School. All users of WCS technology must use WCS network resources in accordance with this policy. Separate policies and agreements exist for other aspects of technology use at WCS.

This document contains several acronyms and italicized words or phrases. Definitions or descriptions of those acronyms, words, and phrases are provided in the last section.

Separate Policies & Agreements

The World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is the most common tool used for access to the Internet. It is a constantly changing environment and is becoming increasingly interactive. Parents and teachers must use extreme caution while encouraging students to make use of this resource for educational purposes. With this in mind,
has adopted the following guidelines for use of the World Wide Web.

  • Students must not browse the web unless under the supervision of WCS faculty or a substitute teacher.
  • WCS does not guarantee the availability, compatibility or suitability of outside networks or applications hosted on outside networks.
  • Many websites prohibit use by children under a certain age. Students must observe these rules at all times.
  • Use of the world wide web by minors under the age of thirteen and communicating with minors under the age of thirteen via the world wide web is governed by federal law. Students under the age of thirteen are not permitted to use web based forms or login to accounts of their own on any website.
  • Teachers must not require students under the age of thirteen to provide any personal information in order to use a website or other service provided via the Internet.

Content Filtering

WCS provides access to the Internet for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the Internet also provides access to content that is objectionable, offensive and even harmful to students. WCS intends to protect students from objectionable content using whatever means available. Students and parents should be aware of the following:

  • The WCS network is protected from intrusion using a firewall which is managed and monitored 24 hours a day.
  • All access to the Internet at WCS is filtered using proxy services provided by SonicWall.
  • All content labeled as pornography or gambling by SonicWall is blocked for all users including faculty and staff.
  • In addition to blocking objectionable, offensive and harmful content for all users, WCS also blocks student access to some content in order to enforce its Technology Acceptable Use Policy and Internet & E-mail Use Policy.
  • WCS will resort to any means necessary in order to protect students from objectionable content. Our firewall is configured to deny all access to the Internet in the event of failure of proxy services.
  • In the event of firewall failure, access to the Internet will be disabled by disconnecting classroom clients from the WCS network.
  • WCS cannot guarantee that all objectionable, offensive or harmful content is filtered.
  • Students are not permitted to use the Internet unless a WCS faculty member or substitute teacher is in the room.
  • Students in grades K – 5 are not permitted to use the Internet unless directly supervised by a WCS faculty member or substitute teacher.


Use of e-mail on campus is permitted according to the following guidelines:

  • Users over the age of twelve who have web-based access to personal e-mail may use it for personal use while on campus, but WCS will not provide support or gaurantee the availability or suitability of any third party service.
  • All students in sixth through twelfth grade have been provided with email accounts at Faculty will use this email to contact students via email.
  • All users who use personal e-mail on campus must always adhere to the Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy of that service.
  • All faculty and some staff members are given an official Wilmington Christian School email address and are required to use it for school business. Additional terms governing the use of that e-mail address are detailed in another agreement.
  • Each user is responsible for his or her own communication and the consequences thereof.
  • Teachers may require students in grades 6 – 12 to use email for school work.
  • Sending Unsolicited Commercial E-mail is strictly prohibited.
  • Spamming is strictly prohibited.
  • Sending unauthorized mail via open, third-party servers is strictly prohibited.
  • Collecting, or attempting to collect, personal information about others without their consent is strictly prohibited.
  • Selling, exchanging or distributing e-mail addresses to a third party is strictly prohibited.
  • Participating in the collection of e-mail addresses, screen names, or other identifiers of others, or participating in the use of software designed for this purpose is strictly prohibited.
  • Sending, uploading, distributing or disseminating or offering to do the same with respect to any unlawful, defamatory, harassing, abusive, fraudulent, infringing, obscene, or otherwise objectionable content is strictly prohibited.
  • Intentional distribution of viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, corrupted files, hoaxes, or any other items of a destructive or deceptive nature is strictly prohibited.
  • Conducting or forwarding pyramid schemes and the like is strictly prohibited.
  • Transmitting content that may be harmful to minors is strictly prohibited.
  • Impersonating another person (via the use of an email address or otherwise) or otherwise misrepresenting yourself or the source of any email is strictly prohibited.
  • Illegal transmission of another’s intellectual property or other proprietary information without such owner’s or licensor’s permission, knowingly or unknowingly is strictly prohibited.
  • Using email to violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others is strictly prohibited.
  • Promoting or encouraging illegal activity is strictly prohibited.
  • Use of Outlook or any other mail user agent to send or receive POP/IMAP e-mail from WCS PCs is strictly prohibited. Users who would like access to POP e-mail must use a web based service that provides this.
  • WCS
    employees may not reply to e-mails they believe to be from minors under thirteen years of age.
  • WCS employees may reply to emails from WCS
    students who are currently enrolled in grades 6 – 12 regardless of any other part of this agreement which might prohibit a reply.
  • An employee of WCS may reply to e-mails from his/her own children regardless of any other part of this agreement which might prohibit a reply.

Instant Messaging

The ports used for most instant messaging systems are blocked for security purposes. Users may use web based systems to access instant messaging systems in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • All conversation participants must be thirteen years of age or older.
  • Students may not use IM during class unless specifically instructed to do so by the teacher or substitute of that class during the same class period.
  • Students may not participate in a conversation with any other participant who is in a class at WCS or any other school.
  • School rules of conduct apply to all communication via instant messaging.
  • Illegal activity is strictly prohibited.
  • Spamming is strictly prohibited.
  • Instant messaging is not to be used to harass others.

Definitions & Descriptions


Sending numerous copies of the same or substantially similar messages, empty messages, or messages which contain no substantive content, or sending very large messages or files to a recipient that disrupts a server, account, newsgroup, or chat service.

Unsolicited Commercial E-mail

All of the following will be considered Unsolicited Commercial E-mail:

  • email that is in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act or any other applicable anti-spam law
  • email sent to users who have requested to be removed from your mailing list or address book
  • email sent to a significant number of email addresses belonging to individuals and/or entities with whom you have no preexisting relationship

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