Best Practices in a Digital World
Here are some tips on how to stay safe online and be conscious in your your choices when learning and creating with digital content.
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15 Copyright Rules Every Student Should Know
Please visit this quick link to see what you be thinking about when it comes to copyright for your school projects!
9 Ps of Digital Citizenship
Adding music to your project?
Here some music Fair Use guidelines. Don't forget to cite your source(s)!
Adding poems to a project?
Keep these Fair Use guidelines in mind when using poems in your projects.
Be cautious of links and downloads.
Do not download or install software or anything on your computer or cell phone before checking with your parents or guardian.
Be considerate of others when posting pictures.
Do not post inappropriate pictures of anyone.
Build your own brand.
Your online presence is your personal brand so make it is positive! Protect your reputation. Only do things online that would not be embarrassed for anyone to see - your parents, your grandparents, your friends, your future boss, etc.
Call when possible
Emails and texts can be misunderstood. You can't misunderstand a phone call.
Check your privacy settings.
Use the privacy settings of social networking sites. Make sure you know who can see your profile, posts, and pictures.
Think you understand copyright? Take this quick quiz and see where you rank...
Don't feed the trolls.
A troll is a person who stirs up the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement. Retaliating against trolls will only make the situation worse. If you're a victim of a troll, don't write back - simply ignore and report them.
Don't forget another human is behind the screen.
Don't say things online that you wouldn't say to someone's face. You are not anonymous on the internet. Information posted can be traced back to you.
Don't just retweet.
Retweeting is a great way to share something you think is important or funny. Don't get in the habit of retweeting everything you see and not creating your own posts. Your opinion matters too - make it count. If all you do is re-tweet, no one will take you seriously.
Don't share personal information online.
Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
On the Internet, typing in capital letters means you are shouting.
Don't take it personally.
If you read something online that you disagree with, if you choose to reply, make it constructive. Don't reply by attacking the other person for their opinion and beliefs. Choose your words carefully. Never respond quickly when you are angry. Think it out first.
Don't use obvious passwords.
When picking passwords, the password "123456" and the word "password" top the list.
(Sunshine and letmein are also in the top.)
Don’t use your parent's name, sisters, brothers, grandkids, birthdays, phone numbers, or a keyboard row of any kind when picking your password.
When you allow geotagging with an image, you are allowing a website to see the location information for a photo/video you've taken.
Be cautious when providing this metadata. You might just wind up on http://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com/.
Every photo on this site was created and uploaded with the locational metadata intact by the original owners with an estimated 7.8 meters accuracy. It's scary that you might give random strangers access into your house. Turn off your geotags.
It may not be the best idea to give away your location when posting a picture.
Click on this link to see a video of why.
Give credit to your sources.
When creating projects, please remember to cite all of your sources including quotes, videos, text passages, and music.
Go with your gut.
If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.
If someone wants to meet, tell an adult.
Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
If your device or program allows it, lock your screen when you are stepping away from your device.
Make sure to log out of every site, every time!
Never save your passwords in your web browser.
If you save your password in your web browser, you are an easy target for theft of information/being hacked.
Never tape your password to your desk or leave it in an obvious place.
Most password theft happens because of “social engineering.” Most people keep their password taped under their keyboard or in the right or left hand drawer or wallet. Don't store your password where the world can see it.
Pictures can stay alive forever
Remember that anyone can save a picture you've shared publicly! Just because you share it "Only with Friends" or through an app like Snapchat, people can still take screenshots of your pictures and continue to share them with others. Once you send that picture, you can't take it back.
Post pictures cautiously.
Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online. Do not text or post inappropriate pictures of yourself or others. Even if you "take them down" someone, somewhere is likely to have a screen shot that they will share with others.
Protect your passwords.
NEVER share your password with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or guardian.
Sometimes People Lie on the Internet....
Think Before you Post
Think before you post.
If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
Use a Passphrase instead of a Password.
Instead of using an easy to guess password, use a phrase instead with uppercase, lowercase, and numbers included. Ilovetofishat6:00am! is an example.
Use material under public domain.
When creating projects for school, you are free to use any work that is in public domain. This includes federal government documents, materials produced before 1923 and materials produced before 1977 without a copyright notice.
Using photos or pictures in your projects?
Keep these Fair Use guidelines in mind when working with images and photographs.
Using someone's video in your project?
Keep these Fair Use guidelines in mind when you are using someone else's video in your projects. Don't forget to cite your source(s).
Using text in your projects?
Up to 1000 words, but not more than 10% of the book or article can be used in school project.
Web Safety - Bullying
Web Safety - Careful who you meet online
Web Safety - Keep Information Private
Web Safety - Stranger Danger
What is Copyright?
When you leave your computer, log out.
If you step away from your computer or mobile, set it to lock or log out. Keep your information safe.