Camp Hill School District Superintendent David Reeder said students sign an Internet use policy published in the student handbook, and "for the most part, have not been allowed [to use devices]" in the district.
That, however, has begun to change as the district adopts a BYOD
- bring your own device - program similar to the one in Derry Township.
Students sign up for the BYOD
program, receive an account and then can use devices to conduct Internet searches, write papers and complete classwork.
The district technology coordinator monitors the use of the accounts.
"We are moving into a different era," Reeder
said, adding that the district technology committee is reviewing current policy and students can access cellphones in some cases, such as during study halls or on busses to athletic programs.
Camp Hill teachers are instructed to treat the issue "just as they would any issue in the discipline area," Reeder
Teachers would report the issue to the principal who would review policy and investigate the report to determine if an individual has explicit images or texts, whether bullying or harassment was involved and whether police involvement is necessary.
The Cumberland County Bar Association
has worked with the Camp Hill School District
to provide sessions for students and parents to discuss cyber crimes and the consequences of a criminal record.
"You can mandate rules and policies, but it comes down to the bottom line of teaching responsibility to students, and having oversight by the community and by parents who are checking to see what's going on with students and knowing what they are doing," Reeder
said that a lot of the root of the today's issues "probably happened before the digital age."
"The instantaneous access and instantaneous ability to send emails, messages and pictures, have just reinforced the fact that teaching responsibility and appropriateness are very important parts of students' education," he