Digital Technology: Safe and responsible use in schools
The following guide is a companion to the Guidelines for the surrender and retention of property and searches.
Ownership and digital technology
Identify who digital technology belongs to
Schools need to have a sound understanding of the ownership of digital technology and the content generated by students in curriculum delivery.
It is recommended that issues relating to ownership be specifically referred to in school policies, including User Agreement Policies (UAP). Note that it is not possible to use such policies to waive rights afforded to students by the Education and Training Act 2020, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (BORA) or any other New Zealand legislation.
Ownership in ‘Bring Your Own Device’ schemes
Schools are adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes to increase the digital technology available for student use at school.
Typically BYOD ownership models involve devices being either:
- purchased by parents and whānau
- leased to parents and whānau through a master lease agreement held by the school, or
- directly leased by parents and whānau.
In all cases, the devices are either the property of the student or the leasing company, not the school. School policies and practices should reflect this.
Ownership of online content and communications
In general, students own the copyright of any original work they create at school regardless of who owns the device it was created on.