Online Safety Rules

  1. I will be careful what kinds of information I give out to other people or to web sites. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address or telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my teacher’s permission.
  2. I will never send someone my picture or anything else without first checking with my teacher. I will never agree to get together with someone I meet online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  3. I will tell my teacher right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  4. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my teacher right away so that they can handle the situation appropriately.
  5. I will not send any messages that are intended to bully or harass my classmates or other people.
  6. I will not give out passwords to anyone (even my best friends) except my teacher.
  7. I will not attempt to disable or bypass programs that keep me safe while on the computer. These include, but are not limited to, anti-virus software, firewalls and content filters.
  8. I will check with my teacher before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt the computer or jeopardize anyone’s privacy.
  9. I will respect these rules and follow my teacher’s instructions for using the computers.
  10. I will understand what it means to be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

Adapted from Child Safety on the Information Highway by Lawrence J. Magid, © 2003 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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