Updated 2/11. See "Notes."
1. Be safe: If you are a student you must use your code name. Follow and remember our netiquette (this page). Reveal no personally identifying information. Note: Keep your personal information to yourself, not publicly presented. Keep your password secure to yourself and with your teacher.
2. Be kind: Be overly friendly and positive; you must refrain from any profane, sarcastic, or unkind responses.
3. Be respectful: Since our writing work is schoolwork, school rules and expectations apply when making any references on or to this site. Note: Remember to work on your files only; edit others' work only with permission. If someone forgets to log out, please log out for them.
4. Be productive: Make sure you communicate clearly and intelligently (no text message wording please) on a relevant topic. Remember your purpose and audience.
5. Be safe. Never post your personal information or information about someone else. Keep things like ages, addresses, phone numbers, names of towns, or even places we work off the Internet. Remember that information on the internet, especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you've deleted it. Be careful not to post things that may come back to haunt you later.
6. If the above criteria are met, your posts may be published; if the above criteria are not met, your posts may not be published.
7. The views on this site by students are not necessarily those of Ms. Edwards or our school.
Further Explanation of the 5Bs of Internet Safety
Be truthful. Write things you know to be correct using facts from research from reliable, credible sources.
Ask first, then give credit. Ask an author's/artist's permission to post their photos, pictures or pieces of writing. Never use first and last names of people that could identify them in a photo or video. You must also ask permission when using an idea from a friend, a family member, or even from an acquaintance. After you have his/her permission, then you must ask if you can post his/her name to give him/her credit. If you know anyone who is breaking any part of this rule, it is very important to tell someone who can help immediately.
Be nice. The most important thing to remember is sarcasm hurts. Be overly friendly and be positive. Remember ... treat others as you would like to be treated.
Read, re-read, and proof-read before you click ENTER. Don't rush to make that final. Once you press that button, you can't bring it back. Look everything over and use your spell check to be sure everything is accurate. When you are certain that the editing is complete, then save to publish.
Information please. The Internet is a great source of information but information is only useful when it is accurate.
Be brief, to the point and logical. Use breaks in your text and formatting elements to make the page easy to read and understand.
Follow Directions. Be sure to follow the directions that are given for the assignment -- be creative, but within the parameters set forth on the page.
Do not delete the work of others deliberately--unless it is part of the editing process.
Keep it on topic - classroom oriented. This isn't the place to discuss afterschool plans.
Watch the video at http://www.ikeepsafe.org/iksc_kids/ for more information.
Never post your personal information or information about someone else.
1. Why is personal safety important on the Internet?
Be nice. The most important thing to remember is sarcasm hurts. It is most often misunderstood when typed in a message which is then posted on the Internet. You may think you're funny when you write something rude or silly, but it can be extremely hurtful to read. Negative words hurt worse when said by someone you thought was your friend. So, be overly friendly and be positive. Remember ... treat others as you would like to be treated.
Some folks are not terribly good at thinking and writing at the same time, and what they say ends up sounding not so good. If you think they were deliberately nasty or highly critical, don't agonize over it or respond in kind. The best way to change what people do is to reward good behavior and to ignore bad behavior. Be sure to report any thing that makes you uncomfortable or that feels hurtful to an adult.
2. How is communication on the Internet different than when face-to-face?
3. How can we make certain what we say is read as what we meant?
4. How can we be sure we are helpful, not hurtful?
5. What do we do if something feels uncomfortable or hurtful?
Before referencing a website, ask and answer a few simple questions:
* Who is the author or sponsor and what are the author's qualifications or credentials?
* What type of information is provided?
* When was the information created? last updated or revised?
* Where is the information coming from- is the domain a .edu, .gov, .org, etc.
* Why is the information posted; to educate, to inform, to present unbiased views, to entertain, to sell or entice?
6. If we want our site to be a thoughtful, learning area, what is important about the information we use and create?