Internet Use Policy

SECTION ONE. – INTENT TO PROVIDE INTERNET ACCESS 

This intent of Celebration On the Lake is to provide for the people of The Church an easily available local collection of and global access to the universal record of human thought, wisdom, ideas, information, experiences, and expressions. 

SECTION TWO. – INTERNET ACCESS 

The Internet, a worldwide network of computer networks is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to The Church’s mission. 

However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It also provides access to information that is inaccurate, illegal or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The Church will identify on its website-specific Internet sites that have potential interest for church users. But The Church cannot control a user’s access to other Internet resources. 

SECTION THREE. – RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHURCH STAFF AND USERS 

Church staff will not monitor a user’s Internet use. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times. 

The Church reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts church services or that involves user behavior that violates The Church’s policies. 

As with all church resources, The Church affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, NOT church staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 18 years.) Parents are responsible for their minor children’s use of The Church’s resources and facilities including Internet use. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use The Church’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use. 

SECTION FOUR. – DISCLAIMERS 

While The Church endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, The Church specifically disclaims any warranty as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose. 

The Church will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of the information accessed through The Church’s Internet service. 

Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus-checking software on their computers. The Church is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the use of The Church’s wireless network, or Internet connections. 

SECTION FIVE. – UNACCEPTABLE USES OF COMPUTERS 

Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following: 

1. Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them. 

2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation of character (harming another’s reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, “trojan horse,” “time bomb” or other harmful forms of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems. 

3. Uses that jeopardize the security of access to the computer network or other networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user’s password with others; impersonating another user; using one’s own software programs on The Church’s computers; altering The Church’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software. 

4. Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 18: Giving others private information about one’s self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent’s permission. 

5. Uses that Violate Confidentiality of Information: The Church prohibits unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal information regarding church users, including minors. Personally identifiable information about users may not be disclosed or used in any way, except to law enforcement authorities as provided in the law. Users should be aware, however, that due to the technical difficulties involved in providing absolute security, transactions and files might become public. 

SECTION SIX. – RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS 

The user’s access to The Church’s computer network and the Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user violates this policy by his/her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her access to the computer network and the Internet. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the user’s right to access these computers and systems. 

Your continued use of this WIFI network and internet means you agree to the Church Internet Usage Policy.