Internet Safety Tips

Protect Yourelf and Others When Using the Internet

BEFORE YOU EXPLORE...

The Internet can be a very useful tool for you as a student. You can perform research, read articles, find facts, talk to friends and family, and other limitless options. However, before you go driving into the the magical world of the Internet there are a few things you need to know first. Below are various links and videos that will help keep you safe and some common curtsey points you will need to remember to use as well. Enjoy and learn!


Rule #1: Resect Your Computer!

In order to get on the Internet, you need an electronic device. However, before you do this, you need to be aware of the dangers that are out there and how to prevent them.

1. If you are using a computer, make sure it had updated anti-virus software on it. Viruses are a certain type of program that is created to attach itself to various programs and software on your computer that can cause a lot of damages and make your computer sick, (just like real virus can make you sick).


The video below will explain everything you need to know about viruses and what you need to do to prevent them!

Rule #2: Starnger Danger!

Just as you would never share personal info about yourself with a stranger you meet in public, you should never share personal info with a stranger online, no matter who it is. Here is a list of things you should NEVER share/do with strangers.

  1. NEVER tell a stranger your full name or date of birth
  2. NEVER tell a stranger where you live or go to school
  3. NEVER agree to meet with a stranger
  4. NEVER give a stranger your telephone number
  5. Lastly, NEVER send a picture of yourself to a stranger


Rule #3: The GOLDEN Rule

Yes, we have all heard of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as they would do you" and this also applies to the people you talk on the Internet in chat rooms, through emails, social media, etc. Here are a few basic rules of social Netiquette (get it?) to follow when online.

  • Treat others with respect
  • Do not use ugly language such as profanity (cuss words) or cruel statements
  • Do not start and/or spread rumors or lies about others online (Online harassment and/or bullying is illegal by the way!)
  • Do not shout at others online (using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS!!!)


For addition information on Netiquette watch the video below. This is very important rules to learn as you get older and into the professional world!


Classroom Contract

Here are a few additional rules for us as a class to follow when online that are not listed above. This is to make sure that you are safe as well as your peers, me and your family members.

  1. If a stranger ask for any personal information or someone is bullying you online, come tell me, your parents, or another trusted adult.
  2. Do not give your school passwords out to anyone, even your closest friends.
  3. Do not open any emails from people you do not know. Come notified me or a trusted adult if you receive an email from an unknown user.
  4. Lastly, tell me or a trusted adult if you see or are a victim of online bullying.
  5. Oh one more thing! Have fun using all the resources we have for you! :)


Citations

Common Sense Media. (2012, March 19). Internet Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids. Retrieved from http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/internet-safety- tips-elementary-school-kids


Digital Etiquette [video file]. Retrieved from http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/digitaletiquette/


Use Your Netsmartz: Don’t Open that File [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.netsmartzkids.org/LearnWithClicky/DontOpenThatFile


(2000). Internet Safety Tips: Grades 4-6. Retrieved from http://www.webwisekids.org/pdf/InternetSafetyActivityPacket_4-6.pdf


(2013). Clip Art, Photos, and Animations. Retrieved from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/