Internet Safety and Etiquette

7th Grade Social Studies Class!

Internet Safety

While using the internet, it is important to keep a few safety tips in mind:

  • Never put your personal information on a public website/forum.
  • Never click on outside links/websites because this may cause a virus to download.
  • Never visit sites that are not pre-approved by your teacher, or another teacher.
  • Never download anything on to the school computers.
  • Save your information often, and back it up on a USB drive/googledocs/etc.
  • If your computer starts acting up (making weird noises, things appearing/disappearing, turning off, etc.) let your teacher know.

It is important to follow these guidelines while using computers because you need to be safe, your work safe, and we need to keep these computers in working order so that we can continue to use them.

Research is NOT Only Internet:

  • Before using the internet, go to the library and look for books on the subject. Books are easy to claim as "reliable" sources.
  • When focusing on history, it is easy to find content in magazines like "National Geographic," or in newspapers. These are also easy to count as "reliable."
  • After looking in text-based sources, it will be helpful to find more information on the internet.
  • Your teacher only wants sites with domains such as: ".org," ".edu," ".k12," ".gov," ".mil," or ".net." This is because these are generally going to "reliable" sources.

**If you find a source that you want to use, ALWAYS cite where you got it from. You did not create it, and pretending someone else's work is your own is called plagiarizing, and it is illegal.**

Reliable Sources:

Now that we have talked about the types of sources, we are going to talk about how to determine if they are reliable or not. Sources are reliable if they have true information. A website, or printed material, is not a reliable source if it is based on opinion, or if it does not have one of the domains that I have listed in the section above. The only time it is okay to use a source with opinion is if you are quoting someone specifically for their opinion. (If you want to use a video for a project/assignment, it must be pre-approved by your teacher.)

**Websites being used for class will be listed the day of the lesson. If individual internet research is required, you may only go to academic-based sites. If you are visiting sites that do not pertain to the research, you may have your internet/computer privileges taken away.**


(Internet Etiquette)

There is a video below that will talk to you about the etiquette you should follow while using the internet in your Social Studies class.

Some important things to remember:

It is okay to use abbreviations and/or other internet language with your friends/classmates. However, when you are e-mailing/sending something to your teacher, it needs to be complete sentences and grammatically correct.

Always Remember...

"Treat others as you would want to be treated."

Discovering the Internet: Netiquette

Works Cited:

Martin, F. (2013). Mod2_computer networks security and ethics. Retrieved from

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Ms. A. (2012, April 4). [Web log message]. Retrieved from

n.a. (Artist). Bart [Web Photo]. Retrieved from

n.a. (Photographer). Caution [Web Photo]. Retrieved from