Below are general guidelines that will help both parents and students understand what is expected of anyone using the Internet.
- Only follow people you know personally.
- Always show an adult any message or post that makes me feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- Never share any personal information about yourself, such as your age, where you live, and where I go to school to people you have not met, or without your parents’ consent.
- Keep your whereabouts to yourself: Turn off any location settings that tell people exactly where you are or where a photograph was taken.
- Never publish/post/share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, and grandparents to see, because photos can be shared widely, with anyone, in a matter of seconds.
- When creating a password, make one up that is hard for someone else to guess but easy for you to remember. Never reveal it to anyone (except your parents or a trusted adult) – not even your best friend.
- Always check your privacy settings and go over them with your parents or the IT department.
- Practice the golden rule and always treat others as you would like to be treated. T.H.I.N.K. before you leave a comment or send a message: is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?
- Do not upload or tag photos of other people without their permission.