8. The purpose of this guidance is to provide schools and local authorities with advice on how to develop local policies that encourage safe and responsible use of personal mobile technology in school, and beyond. These policies should also be designed to protect staff and children and young people from harassment and abuse which can arise from the misuse of such technology.
9. Historically, 'acceptable use' policies have had a focus on managing and controlling online behaviour. More recently, there has been a move towards the promotion of positive relationships and behaviour in a digital context. This shift recognises the important role of educators in preparing young people to become 'digital citizens'. It takes into account the fact that young people have extensive access to the internet through mobile devices outwith school.
10. This guidance has been developed by a working group established by the Scottish Advisory Group on Behaviour in Schools. It aims:
- To provide a set of guiding principles for schools and local authorities to consider when developing their own policies on safe and responsible use; rooted in the principles of 'Digital Citizenship', anti-bullying policies and the approaches to promoting positive relationships and behaviour outlined in Better Relationships, Better Learning, Better Behaviour.
- To emphasise that these principles could be mapped on to existing health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes, particularly those referring to social, emotional and mental wellbeing as well as relationships.
- To emphasise schools' responsibility for the health and wellbeing and safety of their staff and children and young people.
- To provide advice on how to develop local policies in partnership with the whole school community, engendering a sense of engagement, ownership and commitment.
- To provide advice on relevant legal aspects.