INTERNET POLICY & SAFETY
1. Don't be mean or rude to others online. Remember, if you wouldn't say it in person, you should not say it online. Use emoticons or smiley faces to show when you are joking.
2. Tell a trusted adult if someone is mean, makes you uncomfortable, or is rude to you online. NEVER respond to mean messages; you might start an online fight, also called a "flame war."
3. Don't type in ALL CAPS. That means you're yelling.
4. Use appropriate language online. You could be kicked off a website for using bad words.
5. Don't send or forward SPAM. No one likes to get junk mail and it could contain a virus that could hurt your computer.
6. Don't share secrets online, including passwords and personal information. Also, don't post anyone else's information (family, friends) without their permission.
7. Remember personal information is any information, or photo that can identify you or gives information on how to locate where you are. Anyone, i.e. the whole world, will have access to this information once it is posted.
8. Don't copy files, music, or movies that are copyrighted. It's illegal! Sometimes, the creator of the work will give you permission to use it, but you must get written permission for your protection.
9. Use Creative Commons site to get preapproved photos and videos for your projects.
10. Look for https at the beginning of a URL from any site that you will be using to make a purchase and will require you to give personal and financial information.
11. NEVER agree to meet anyone, no matter who and what age they say they are, in person that you have met on-line unless you have a trusted adult that agrees to come with you.
12. Help "newbies" learn about the Internet. "Newbies" are people new to the Internet or a particular website who may not know all the rules yet. Remember, you were once a "newbie" too.
Please refer to Inernet User Policy on hfcschool.com, under Student Handbook for details of our school's policy.
The following websites will provide information and a contract for kids and parents to help kids stay safe on the internet:
commonsensemedia.com Common Sense is the nation's leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.