RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY
Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Revised August 2023
The heart of our curriculum is timeless ~ love, truth, beauty, and mercy. We teach about creation as well as the Creator. We educate on being in solidarity with those who suffer and how to cultivate a prayerful life.
In his message for the 48th World Communications Day, Pope Francis said that technology is a â€œgift from God. The Pope challenged the Church to use this tool to promote the faith, asking how communication can be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter? Because of these things, we are committed to participating in society. And to be committed to such participation requires using technology in appropriate ways.
We are interested in technology because of our faith.
We expect our students to utilize technology to think more critically, to communicate effectively, to express their creativity, and to conduct research. Our teachers have access to updated technology in their classrooms to engage our students and challenge them to learn in ways not previously imaginable. We empower students with the technical skills necessary to participate in a culture that is increasingly dependent upon technology, while also challenging them to be digital ambassadors spreading the Good News.
But it is our faith that guides how we use technology.
We teach our students about the ethics of technology and train them to be savvy about things like Internet privacy and safety. We teach the unfortunate reality of technology addiction. We remind students and parents that technology is aggressively marketed and to be careful about getting caught up in the hype.
We also acknowledge that we sometimes need to unplug from technology as it can cause us to become isolated from one another. We encourage family meals without screen time and the importance of communicating face to face.
We greatly value technology in our schools. And what makes technology most powerful, is when it serves to make our students better people!
Click here to read the full AoP 2023-2024 Responsible Use Policy for Technology.