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Internet Safety and Netiquette

Internet Safety Guidelines:

•Place any device connected to the Internet and used by children in a common area where a responsible adult can supervise.

•Know who you are communicating with.

•Keep user names and profiles generic or non-specific.

•Never post your full name, age, address, email address, phone number, picture, or school name anywhere online without checking appropriate privacy settings.

•Do not share personal information or photos that would allow a stranger (including “online friends”) to locate you or pretend to know you.  They may not be who they say they are. 

•Be sure to use private (not public) settings on social media.  Do not share information with “friends of friends.”

•Remember anything  (text or photos) you share can be forwarded and altered.

•Children should report any uncomfortable situation to an adult.

•Children should share passwords, screen names, and email addresses with an adult or guardian.

•Be aware of messages from unfamiliar persons and be cautious in opening and responding to them.

Netiquette Guidelines:

•Only share information that you wouldn’t mind if everyone knows.

•Only share information you know is true.  Avoid gossip and rumors.

•Only make comments you would say to someone face-to-face. Be kind.

•Ask yourself:  “Will there be any negative consequences to what I’m sharing?”

•Ask yourself:  “How could my words be interpreted?”  Express yourself clearly.

•Ask yourself:  “Would I want anyone to say this to or about me?”

•Ask yourself:  “Is this immature, inappropriate, or bullying?”

•Know how to provide feedback or comments that are constructive and not hurtful. Use “I” statements.

•Protect your reputation.  Remember, once information is shared, it remains shared.

•Know your audience and if formal language and proper grammar and spelling are called for.

•Think about who or what you are representing.

Online Resources for Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship:

CommonSenseMedia.org - Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids (Beginner)

NetSmartz Workshop – the basics of internet safety and tips for starting a discussion with your child

SafeKids.com - Safety Advice and Guides

ConnectSafely.org – tips for using the web, social networks and mobile technology safely

PBSKids.org - Webonauts Internet Academy Game teaches digital citizenship to children ages 8-10

Webonauts Tips for Parents

Cyberwise Digital Citizenship Learning Center
http://www.cyberwise.org/Digital-Citizenship-Hub.html - .UlmqJRCab7o

Cable in the Classroom - Digital Citizenship: Safety and Security, Digital Literacy, and Ethics and Community

InCtrl-Teaching Digital Citizenship: Empower Students to be InCtrl in a Digital Age!-Video Lessons for Teachers (Parents) and Students: 

Edutopia – online magazine for what works in education, sponsored by the George Lucas Foundation

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Blog on Digital Citizenship

Digital Passport - The games and videos in this iPad App teach kids aged 7-11 the essentials for staying safe and responsible online and on mobile devices. Look for it in the Apple App Store.




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