Digital Citizenship for our 21st Century Learners
Internet and Phone Safety/Security
This section contains interactive lessons for students that can be done at school or home. (adapted from NMUSD)
- Doug's Safe Surfing Tips - 33 easy to understand safe internet surfing tips for students. (Grades K-4)
- PBS Kids Web License - Learn the web's "Rules of the Road". (Grades 2-6)
- Disney's Surf Swell Island - Adventure games. (Grades 2-6)
- NetSmartz What 2 Do On the Web - Interactive activities. (Grades 4-8)
- Disney's CyberNetiquette Comix - Interactive comic on email and computer viruses. (Grades K-3)
- Wiredsafety.org - Article on cell (mobile) phone safety. (Grades 4-12)
- Disney's CyberNetiquette Comix - Interactive comic on netiquette. (Grades K-3)
- CyberSense and Nonsense - The Second Adventure of The Three CyberPigs. (Grades 2-6)
- Wiredsafety.org - Short video on Social Networking. (Grades 4-12)
- ConnectSafely - Article on tips to help stop cyberbullying. (Grades 4-12)
- WiredSafety.org series of short video clips. (Grades 4-12)
- WiredSafety.org series of short video clips. (Grades 4-12)
- Disney's CyberNetiquette Comix - Interactive comic protecting of personal information. (Grades K-3)
- Privacy Playground - The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs. (Grades 2-6)
- Doug's Interactive Story - Password protection. (Grades 2-6)
- WiredSafety.org - Short video on Internet scams. (Grades K-12)
- WiredSafety.org - Short video on protecting personal information. (Grades 2-12)
Appropriate use of the Internet--General Tips for Parents/Guardians
All students and their parents/guardians sign the District's Acceptable Use Policy (see Computer Teacher), which applies to use of District technology. We expect parents and guardians to model good internet behavior to reinforce the AUP. These tips follow the same general principles and are helpful for at-home use.
General Tips for Parents/Guardians at Home:
- Use good etiquette and social behavior. Children will be more likely to be responsible netizens if their parents are civil in their internet communications.
- Don't assume your pre-adolescent children have the emotional maturity to handle social networking tools unsupervised. They don't.
- Monitor web sites your children are reading and check their accounts, if they have any. They are your children and your responsibility.
- Set limits on how much time your child may spend on the computer, texting and other social networking tools. No child should be texting or on the computer after 10 p.m. or earlier, as their parents/guardians deem appropriate.
- Don't allow your child or teen to text during mealtime or when they're supposed to be involved in a conversation.
Here are some basic rules and expectations for parents/guardians communicating with other parents/guardians:
- Do unto others, as you'd have others do unto you. Remember that emails can be interpreted in different ways and you don't have the opportunity to clarify what you meant as you would in a face-to-face conversation, so think about the person on the receiving end.
- Do not TYPE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS for emphasis. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING. If you need to emphasize a word, use asterisks, like *this* or lines, like_this_.
- Be careful not to use rude or bad language online. In addition to potentially offending readers, many Internet Service Providers will terminate your account.
- Respect the privacy of others. If someone sends you email on one topic, don't add him or her to your mass emailings without their permission. NEVER give someone else's email address without permission to anyone else. Remember... you wouldn't want people reading your mail, why should you read theirs? It is poor manners - and thus poor netiquette - to read other people's private material without permission.
- Don't break any laws. Cyberspace may seem like a completely different world, but remember that you're still in the real world, a world with laws and standards of ethics. When you're on the net, follow the same standard of behavior that you would in real life. This includes communications about confidential topics, such as individual students or staff members. Remember, if it is against the law in the real world, it is against the law in cyberspace (internet).
- Be Universal. Other users have different browsers, online services, email programs, etc. So don't, for example, send out email with texting formatting (bold, italics, indentations) because other programs may not be able to read the formatting and the recipients will receive your email filled with codes.
- Be brief where appropriate. Don't make people read stuff they don't want to know about, including unnecessarily long or repeated postings. Long emails and forum postings also tend not to be read, so all your effort may be wasted.
- Don't flame. Do not sent rude of or offensive emails or postings. It's bad manners and can get seriously out of hand (flame wares). So do't flame others and if you are flamed, do not respond: you will never win. If you are flamed in a forum or chat room, contact the system's administrator and make your complaint. If you receive nasty email, delete it or ignore the meanness and respond to the sender's actual points, minus the meanness.
- Always identify yourself. Never send emails without including your name at the bottom of the email. Similarly, don't post forum messages without identifying yourself, this is seen as rude. (in email, always fill in the subject box, so people can see what the mail concerns). Never impersonate someone else in an online communication--just as there are laws against identity theft and impersonation off-line, there are laws prohibiting these acts online.
- Make a good impression. Remember that the written word is the only way you can represent yourself online, so spelling and grammar count. If you are going to be writing a large amount of text for other people to see, make sure you break it up using paragraphs, it will make it easier on the eye for those that will read it.
Things to remember about email:
- Check email regularly... so you can respond quickly.
- Consider starting a new, free email account specifically for the parent email group--that way you can more easily check for school communications.
- Delete messages after you read them... frees up storage space for more productive use.
- Don't send confidential information in your mail... others may be able to read/access it.
- Don't be hasty when you send... if you write a message when you're upset, wait before you send it.
- Be professional... your email is a reflection of you.
- Keep messages concise... no one wants to read through a lot of unnecessary information.
- Don't send chain letters... they're as annoying on the internet as they are in real life.
- Don't use all CAPITOL LETTERS... it seems like you're shouting!
Things to remember when participating in a listserv or online group:
- Stick to the topic of the discussion group.
- When quoting someone, use only the portion of the quote that is absolutely necessary.
- Be brief and concise.
- Don't send personal messages to an entire group, and have communications about confidential topics (individual students, staff, concerns or complaints) off-line and directly with the appropriate person.
- Use correct grammar and spelling.