Code of Conduct

Code of Online Conduct


All policies, procedures, codes of behaviour and rules of the TDSB apply to those using online systems and resources provided by or on behalf of the TDSB. The "Code of Online Conduct" pertains to the use of online systems and resources. This Code has been prepared to protect the rights and safety of all.


1) Personal Safety Rules

    Never reveal information about your personal identity (such as your name, address, phone number, age, physical description or school) to strangers whom you may encounter online. Likewise, do not reveal such information in a public online forum where you may not know everyone who might see the information.
  • Never reveal your access password or that of anyone else.
  • Report immediately to a teacher any message or request that you receive that bothers you or that suggests personal contact with you.

    2) Unacceptable Sites and Materials
      On a global network such as the Internet it is impossible to effectively control the content of the information. On occasion, users of online systems may encounter material that is controversial and which other users, parents or staff might consider inappropriate or offensive. It is the responsibility of the individual user not to intentionally access such material. If such material is accessed by accident, the incident must be reported immediately to a teacher or appropriate authority.
    • Users of the TDSB Online systems will not knowingly access, upload, download, store, display, distribute or publish any information that:
        is illegal or that advocates illegal acts or facilitates unlawful activity;
      • uses inappropriate and/or abusive language or conduct;
      • violates or infringes the rights of any other person according to the Toronto District School Board policies, Ministry of Education policies, the Ontario Human Rights Code, or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
      • encourages the use of controlled substances, participation in an illegal act or uses the system to incite criminal actions;
      • contains personal information , images, or signatures of individuals without their prior informed consent;
      • solicits any users on behalf of any business or commercial organization without appropriate authorization;
      • attempts to hide, disguise or misrepresent the identity of the sender.
  • Report to an appropriate authority any harm to the system or to information on the system whether that harm has been caused accidentally or intentionally.


  • Cause damage to any computer(s) and/or equipment including, but not limited to computer hardware, furniture, projectors, connectors, keyboards, storage devices (e.g. disk drives), and pointing devices (e.g. mice).
  • Use any other person's account on the system.
  • Open a computer case, move a computer, tamper with computer cables or connections without proper authorization.
  • Compromise themselves or others by unauthorized copying of information, work or software belonging to others, encouraging others to abuse the computers or network, displaying, transferring or sharing inappropriate materials. Software pirating and unauthorized copying of material belonging to others is regarded as theft.
  • Attempt to subvert the TDSB networks by breaching security measures, hacking accessing records without authorization or any other type of disruption.

    5) Consequences
    Inappropriate use of online access by students and staff could result in disciplinary action that may include legal action and/or involvement of police.  
  • Links from a Toronto District Board site to outside sites must be carefully selected and are subject to the same standards of content quality as TDSB sites.
  • The information published online must be kept current and accurate with no conscious attempt to mislead the reader.
  • For the safety of our students, schools or departments must NOT publish specific dates, times and locations of future field trips.
  • Advertising on any TDSB related electronic publication is subject to the approval of the appropriate supervisory officer.
  • All Web pages hosted on the TDSB corporate site or paid for by the TDSB are considered property of the TDSB.