Digital Citizenship

“The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities.” ~ Terry Heick




Digital Health & Wellness

Online Safety & Privacy

BSD Internal Filtering

Beaverton School District is bound by both law and Board Policy to filter internet access.


​​​​​Federal law  that imposes restrictions on any school or library receiving funding from E-rate for internet access to comply with certain provisions concerning filtering and instruction around Digital Citizenship.  Filtering must be provided on the internet connection to the district.


​The School Board has adopted Board Policy IIBGA  which acknowledges CIPA and confirms the Board's commitment to protecting access to inappropriate content.


  • ​BSD uses a set of firewalls from Palo Alto Networks to provide Internet filtering on devices located inside the BSD network.  All devices using the Internet from inside the network are filtered.  
  • Filtering is accomplished by matching any website with a subject category.  BSD determines which categories as a whole are blocked.
  • Exceptions
    • Category filtering is not an exact science.  There are web sites with educational value that are in the vendor categories we have blocked. To provide access to those websites, BSD Staff can submit requests and IT staff can review websites and place them into an "allow" or "deny" list for greater flexibility. 
    • For any site, students or staff can suggest changes to the assigned category by going to this website:

Responsible Use of Technology in Schools


There is some risk that comes with online activity. BSD manages technology including our Guest Network with a clear intent to protect our students, staff and guests. It is our top priority to protect data, privacy, and people.


Learning to use technology responsibly takes time, effort, and guidance. Beaverton Schools offer age-appropriate curriculum to all students about digital citizenship. We also integrate topics like copyright, privacy, courtesy, and online safety into class work on a regular basis. As technology evolves, we encourage students, teachers, and parents to embrace the learning that’s needed to continue to use technology responsibly. 


Students and staff are expected to learn and comply with all BSD regulations and policies concerning the responsible use of technology. Failure to do so can result in loss of that privilege and could also lead to disciplinary or legal action.

This is outlined in detail in the BSD Student Family Handbook and by School Board policies and regulations, particularly IIBGA-AR (Electronic Communications System) and JFCEB-AR (Personal Electronic Devices and Social Media - Students) 

BSD Student And Family Handbook  | School Board Policy JFCEB-AR


Beaverton School District makes every effort to protect student privacy and the security of electronic data, but there are limits. Any data connected to BSD accounts may be secured and inspected at any time for compliance with school and district policies, and state and federal laws. That means that we reserve the right to inspect BSD e-mail files and any data files associated with BSD accounts. 


Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, YouTube, and Google Slides are just a few of the apps we use every day.  While students may have access to their own applications on their personal device, we encourage students to use applications that are similar to the ones used by their classmates.  To use the District’s collection of Google Apps, every student is issued a BSD gmail address for email. Students under age 13 MUST have a parental and GAFE consent form signed (See: COPPA) in order to be issued a district gmail address. Parents who do not want their children to use district gmail should contact a teacher or administrator at your school. For more information about Chromebooks, Google Apps, and privacy, please visit:

Student Internet Use and Privacy Laws

Beaverton Schools operate subject to federal regulations intended to preserve the safety and privacy of our students: CIPA, COPPA, and FERPA. All BSD policies are intended to comply with or exceed these guidelines.  

CIPA is the Children’s Internet Protection Act. It specifies that Beaverton Schools must prevent illegal or unauthorized access to and use of our computers, software, and networks. This includes internet access, e-mail, and any other form of electronic communication. CIPA also requires that we keep personal information secure.

COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Many websites required users to submit their name and email address in order to use that site. COPPA requires any website that collects such information to get permission from a parent/guardian before they allow a child under age 13 to sign up. 

In the case of BSD, Google Apps For Education (GAFE) must comply with COPPA -- that’s why we need parent/guardian permission to issue a BSD email address so that our students under age 13 can use gmail.

FERPA is the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act. It grants students and their parent or guardian access to a student’s educational records. It also regulates what student directory information (name, e-mail, DOB, etc) that a school can legally share with third parties. 



Media Literacy



BSD retains sole right of ownership of the Chromebook. The Chromebooks are loaned to the students for educational purposes only for a one-year period, renewable each year. 


Students should be aware that there should be no expectation of privacy when using BSD network or equipment. When students access the BSD network at school, BSD will actively filter access and use third party solutions to monitor content for threats, violence, illegal activity, etc. Notifications are sent to the BSD Tech Support and Administration regarding suspicious activity. If concerns are identified, disciplinary action and/or parent contact may occur. 


It is recommended that students establish a location that they charge their Chromebook each night so it is ready for use the next day.  A Chromebook will last through an entire school day without problem on a full charge.  Some parents/guardians have chosen to have this in a location outside of the students bedroom to assure it has been plugged in and removes the possibility of late night usage.


The district does not restrict use of the chromebook to any specific time periods due to very different family, work and homework situations.  Some parents/guardians have chosen to have the Chromebook plugged in each night outside of the students bedroom when concerned about late night usage.

Common Sense Media Lessons

Digital Citizenship Learning Targets

Beaverton School District Elementary Digital Citizenship Behavioral Learning Target:

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical.

  1. Students practice responsible use of technology through teacher-guided online activities  and interactions to understand how the digital space impacts their life.
  2. With guidance from an educator, students understand how to be careful when using devices and how to be safe online, follow safety rules when using the internet and collaborate with others.
  3. With guidance from an educator, students learn about ownership and sharing of information, and how to respect the work of others.
  4. With guidance from an educator, students demonstrate an understanding that technology is all around them and the importance of keeping their information private.

Beaverton School District Secondary Digital Citizenship Behavioral Learning Target:

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world and they act in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical.

  1. Students manage their digital identities and reputations within school policy, including demonstrating an understanding of how digital actions are never fully erasable.
  2. Students demonstrate and advocate for positive, safe, legal and ethical habits when using technology and when interacting with others online.
  3. Students demonstrate and advocate for an understanding of intellectual property with both print and digital media -- including copyright, permission, and fair use - by creating a variety of media products that include appropriate citation and attribution elements.
  4. Students demonstrate an understanding of what personal data is and how to keep it private and secure, including the awareness of terms such as encryption, HTTPS, password, cookies and computer viruses; they also understand the limitations of data management and how data-collection technologies work.

Internet Access in the classroom


When logged into the Chrome Browser or on a district issued Chromebook, Google SafeSearch is enforced.


When logged into the Chrome Browser or on a district issued Chromebook YouTube restricted​ mode is enforced.


Instant Messaging as a category is blocked at the Elementary and open at the Middle and High School levels.  Individual Instant Messaging applications may be blocked due to various reasons.  

​Google Hangouts is the Instant Messaging application built within the Google Suite.  Hangouts is open at all levels.  All instant messaging done through a district login within Google Hangouts is archived.


​​​Elementary and Middle School students cannot access Social Media on these devices.  This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other systems that fall into the Social Media Category.   Social Media is open to High School students.


Many paid services such as Netflix are not restricted from use by the district.  Access to the service, payment and use of that systems login and password is at the discretion of the parent/guardian.

Lightspeed Relay

​​​Relay is the filter that can be used to provide content filtering on these devices. 

  • ​Filtering is accomplished by matching any website with a category.  BSD determines which categories as a whole are blocked.
    • Relay blocked categories​
    • Check URL category
    • Staff can submit help desk tickets to request changes
  • ​​Relay requires SafeSearch to be turned on​ and also restricts certain terms from being searched
  • ​Relay requires YouTube restricted​ mode to be turned on
  • After School Rules
    • Example- Games category is not allowed while at school for Elementary and Middle School while at school.  Is allowed outside of the school district network.
  • ​SmartP​lay
    • An additional layer of filtering for videos, this is active at the Elementary level.  This relies on Lightspeed's own database of educational video content that has been approved.

What is Digital Citizenship?