"Adult oriented web sites and online gaming are too often accessible by underage youth...”
Baltimore County Public Schools recognizes the risks and takes steps to prevent problems that can occur when students use the internet. Our students are provided with instruction in our K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum that prepares them to know the risks and utilize strategies to maintain security.
Baltimore County Public Schools
approach to online security
  • BCPS creates strong passwords for students grades 5 – 12 for accessing BCPS One and school networks. BCPS uses single sign-on with approved software vendors. These vendors are fully compliant with FERPA regulations regarding student data.
  • BCPS uses filtering software to prevent students accessing inappropriate sites.
  • BCPS restricts application downloads, preventing malware from affecting the network.

There are things that parents and students can do at home.

What can students do?

  • Never share your passwords with others. If you create an account to subscribe to a web site outside of BCPS One, DO NOT use your BCPS credentials. Create a separate, strong password. Strong passwords are a combination of at least 6 letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Be careful about sharing personal information on social media.

What can parents do?

  • Download software from only reputable sites to avoid malware.
  • Don’t store payment information online if possible.
  • Create separate strong passwords for separate vendors so if one is compromised, the rest aren’t. Keep a list of passwords on paper in a safe place away from the computer.
  • Monitor your child’s use of the internet at home.
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