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.