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Question: What is the law concerning Internet use in AZ public schools?
Answer: All public schools provide computer instruction and Internet access because their students are expected to have computer skills when they graduate from high school. Schools condition access to the Internet upon each student's'agreement to an acceptable use policy (AUP), which usually explains that
(i) the school may limit access to material that is educationally appropriate,
(ii) the school may monitor the student's use of the Internet,
(iii) the student will not use offensive language, and
(iv) the student will not violate the copyright laws.
Students who violate the AUP may lose their right of access to the Internet or receive more serious disciplinary action. Federal law requires that schools use an Internet filter or other device to block student access to websites that contain text or graphics that are not appropriate for students.