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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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.

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Sometimes People Lie on the Internet....

sometimes people lie

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Think Before you Post

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Think before you post.

 If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.

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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.

  • Up to 5 graphics or photos from the same person.
  • No more than 15 images from the same collection.
  • Images can not be changed.

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).

  • You can use up to 3 minutes but no more than 10% of the entire video.
  • The video clip may not be changed in any way.

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