Our Class Online Safety Guidelines

We have discussed the best ways to stay safe online, and to make sure that our behavior is appropriate for online communication.

Here are our class online safety guidelines:

  • Never, ever post any personal information, such as:
  • Address
  • Last Name
  • Password
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail address
  • Financial Information
  • Employment Information
  • Detailed physical description
  • Never share your user name or password with anyone besides your teachers and parents. Never log in as another student.
  • Treat blog spaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for this blog — unless it’s your character’s speech. You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of your school.
  • Be cautious about email messages from anyone, asking you for detailed personal information or attempting to arrange secret meetings. Talk with your teacher immediately if this kind of situation arises.

Also make sure to follow these rules of “Netiquette” to make sure your work is the best it can be:

  • Always write your own name and e-mail address when posting or filling out a “Comments” form
  • Think before you post: Make sure what you write is appropriate to put online.
  • Always tell the truth on your posts and comments.
  • Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • Give credit in your works cited list to anyone whose work you use. Never use other people’s work and call it your own. In other words, don’t cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!
  • Be forgiving of other user’s mistakes online; you were once (or maybe you still are) an Internet newbie, too!
  • Treat other online users as you would like to be treated. Treat school computers like you’d treat your own–with respect.
  • Share your knowledge with others; when you learn something new, pass it along to someone else who can benefit.
  • While online, stay focused on your work. The Internet is an excellent educational resource–but can cause you to lose focus.
  • Ask for help from your teacher or library media specialist, if you’re having problems. Write down any error messages that appear when you try to do something.
  • Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just like you would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling and grammar.
  • Never use a computer to harm other people. Never snoop around in other people’s files. Never use a computer to steal.
  • Online work is NOT private. Never say anything via email that you wouldn’t mind seeing on the school bulletin board, or in the local newspaper.
  • Capital letters are regarded as “SHOUTING.” Be careful with them. Don’t publicly criticize (or “flame”) others. Don’t be offensive, and don’t ever use bad language.

These “Rules of Netiquette” were adapted from the following publication: John, El Paso, TX Internet Driver’s License: Internet Guide and Workbook,Classroom Connect: Lancaster, 1997.

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