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Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship

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    Keeping our students safe is always a top priority for WSD3. Use the resources below to help keep our students safe while online.

    Keep your data and the data of others private.

    • Never share your passwords with others (however, parents should know their kids’ passwords).
    • Always logout of computers and online systems you’ve logged into (email, file storage, social media, etc.); closing the browser window is not the same as logging out.
    • While logged in, never leave your computer/device unattended.
    • Do not use unsecured public Wi-Fi networks commonly found at restaurants, airports, and other businesses
    • Do not post information about yourself online (address, phone number, school, pictures, etc.)

    Protect yourself from online dangers and predators.

    • Do not communicate online with people you do not know.
    • Never share your name, age, school, address, phone number, pictures or other personal information online.
    • Your online actions and posts are traceable; you are NOT anonymous while online.
    • Ask yourself: “Would I want this information to become known to the public?”
    • Ask yourself: “Would I be doing this if my parents were watching?”

    Maintain a healthy balance; limit your time spent on computers and other electronic devices.

    • Do you frequently find that you have spent more time online than you were planning to spend?
    • Are you online late into the night and then tired?
    • Do you spend time online instead of doing homework, hobbies, chores, physical activities, or spending time with friends or family?
    • Are you always thinking about being online?
    • Do you argue about time limits your parents have set for Internet use? Or use sneaky ways to get around these limits?

    Help prevent cyberbullying.

    • Don’t be a cyberbully. People do not “deserve” to be treated badly. It is not “funny.”
    • Don’t become a cyberbully to get back at someone who is bullying you. This will just make the problem worse.
    • If you made a mistake and hurt someone, apologize.
    • Calm down before you respond to someone.
    • DON’T RETALIATE! The bully wants to make you mad. Don’t give the bully a “win.” Being mean back isn’t going to help.
    • Save the evidence and get help from an adult.

    Be a good digital citizen.

    • Use devices and social media websites for good and positive things, not for negative and harmful activities.
    • Abide by all laws and rules.
    • Do not use the works (images, writings, recordings, etc.) of others illegally or without permission.
    • Remember that words can and do hurt others, even when reading them online.
    • Treat others with respect.