Digital Citizenship & Cyber-bullying Dec. 2009 PWSD
The World is Flat You NOW compete with students from all over the world for jobs etc. The internet is a group of connected computers – Part of a world wide network Source of Information Communication tool: – Email and Chat You have to be anonymous – Social Networking – BLOGs Web cams, VOIP
As a homework tool, the Internet was ranked first (44%) among young people as their preferred information source, followed by books from the public library (19%) and books from school (16%).
Research shows that Students? 75% do home work online 60% use instant messaging 57% download music 29% have their own computer with Internet access 62% of those computers have a webcam attached Grade 6
Believe Internet Information is True or Trustworthy? 40% of children stated that they believe “most or all” of what they find on the Internet
Don’t transmit electronically anything that you wouldn’t do show or say in front of your grandmother !
What to do if you accidentally get to an inappropriate site or receive a bad email or……… Immediately tell your teacher then: – Close the site and get out of I-explorer – Do not open or reply to the email If at home TELL YOUR parents Your parent’s signed an AUP earlier this year!
PWSD - Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 1st offense – Verbal warning and warning letter to parent/guardian 2nd offence – Suspension of technology privilege for ONE day & letter to parent/guardian 3rd offence – Suspension of technology privileges for TEN days & letter to parent/guardian 4th offence – Permanent suspension of technology privileges & letter to parent/guardian
Internet Safety and good Digital Citizenship should apply both at school and at home!
At home - DO NOT LET FRIENDS: Surf around on your home computer Chat on your home computer Send emails from your home computer ABOVE ALL NEVER GIVE THEM YOUR PASSWORD TO CONECT TO THE INETERNET OR LOGGIN TO YOUR COMPUTER AT HOME
Personal Responsibility Do not give out your name, address, telephone number, age, e-mail address to strangers Do NOT use your family/home or Cyber-School email account to sign up for Web based service and products! – Keep your on-line identity secret from strangers Do not send your picture to a stranger Do not meet in person someone that you have met online Don’t use or respond to inappropriate language Don’t go into chat rooms Set your cell phone to “locate”
Protective Technologies Use filtering software Use antivirus software that will block Trojans etc. Use a firewall Don’t use a web cam Don’t add strangers to your buddy list – block strangers Save conversations/e-mail Turn off your computer and web cam when not using them
Be Suspicious of Ulterior motives What does this information request have to do with what I am doing? How is it relevant? Why do they need to know this?
Tell a Responsible Adult Tell parents Tell police Tell a teacher
Have you ever received a mean email or instant message? Have you ever sent one? This is called Cyberbullying..
"Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." -Bill BelseyBill Belsey
A cyberbully uses the Internet, cell phone, or other device to send or post text or images to try to hurt or embarrass another person.
It's a lot like the bullying that happens at noon hour, recess or on the school bus, and it can hurt just as much
Make Sure You! Keep your password safe! You can tell your parents about it, but not anyone else — not even your best friend! Don’t share secrets, photos, or anything online that might be embarrassing if someone found out (like your entire school!). Set up email and instant messenger accounts with your parents
MAKE SURE You DO NOT to put your name, age, address, or phone number in your profile or screen name. DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION ELECTRONICALLY TO ANYONE NO MATTER HOW LEGITIMATE THEY APPEAR ON-LINE
If a cyberbully is bothering you: Don't respond to emails or messages that are mean to you or your friends. Don't open emails or messages from someone you know is a bully. Block anyone who acts like a cyberbully. Don’t forward emails or messages that are mean or that spread rumors about other people.
Save or print all messages from bullies. Show the messages to an adult you trust— like a parent or a teacher—and ask for help If the first adult you tell doesn't help you, keep telling until someone does
Cyber bullying and the law You should be aware that some forms of online bullying are considered criminal acts. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is a crime to communicate repeatedly with someone if your communication causes them to fear for their own safety or the safety of others.
It's also a crime to publish a “defamatory libel” – writing something that is designed to insult a person or likely to injure a person's reputation by exposing him or her to hatred, contempt or ridicule.
A cyber bully may also be violating the Canadian Human Rights Act, if he or she spreads hate or discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability.
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