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(2:38) How is technology changing your lives? Here is a visual representation of how other divisions in Saskatchewan are shifting their focus. Digital Learning (2:03) Internet Safety

Part of being a digital citizen is being responsible. If we teachers can show you exactly what is meant by thinking before you act, then this video can definitely be a step in the right direction. Issues such as posting pictures, giving out personal information, and adding strangers to your friend lists, are things that you may encounter almost every day. We have many of classes in school that help show us how to be responsible citizens in society, but nowadays it is more than just a physical society, it is a digital society, so we need to become engaged in the technology society and understand that some values that you have in physical society need to be transferred into the digital society.
Think Before You Post (0:59) Everyone Knows Your Name (0:59)

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a problem in many schools and many areas all over the world. To ensure that it will not become a looming issue in Luseland School, you need to understand the severity of what it can do to yourself and to your peers. Whether or not someone is your best friend, the issue of the internet seeming to be anonymous place can pose the problem that you think no one is affected by what you post or say on the internet. But in reality, it can be worse.

Cyberbullying: A problem affecting youth today
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Here are two videos (each less than a minute long) from the Ad Council designed to bring attention to the effects of cyberbullying. I find them very difficult to watch as I will assume you will, too. It does not matter how old you are because it happens at all ages. Let us put an end to it.


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We need to be critical thinkers on the web. Knowing where a website originated from is crucial when synthesizing information, whether it is for an essay or just for building your opinion base, it is important you have truthful and factual information - not just taking short cuts to get it handed in. When you look up something on Google, do you use the first few only?

It is a common thing to do that can ultimately cause you to rip off information from websites that may not be factual; you make it your own, but still have it be incorrect.

Isn't it the point of research, to have you become more knowledgeable about a subject? To become some form of expert after your research? To be able to have a discussion about what you have researched? Don't you want to be correct? Have the right answer? Know what you’re talking about is the truth? Not be taken for a ride by someone posting junk on the internet? I believe it is, as I am sure you believe it to be true as well.


Netiquette

The following information came from tech.blorge.com.

1. Keep e-mails short and to the point
Office e-mail has a specific business purpose such as getting results, communicating an important fact or getting a response. The chances of quickly accomplishing that purpose increase when your e-mail is short, easy to understand and gets to the point.

2. Write the action you are requesting and topic in the ’subject’ line
Describe what you need the recipient to do and the topic in the “subject” line. Something short and to the point. For instance: “Please review Jones proposal letter;” or “Need blueprint for Jones project.” By clearly identifying the purpose of your e-mail in the subject line, the recipient will quickly know what you are writing about; it’s easy to find; and it separates your e-mail from spam.

3. Check your grammar and spelling
Grammar and spelling are often overlooked, but remember that your e-mail may be going out to a client, a prospective client, your employees or maybe your boss. You want to look smart, not sloppy. Use any built-in spell check before sending an e-mail.

4. Be cautious. Think before you send an e-mail
It’s so easy to hit the “reply” button and write a message. This can be a problem if you act spontaneously. Temper and tone matter.
In most instances, once an e-mail is sent, it’s gone. You cannot take it back. So if you have written any harsh words or forwarded an inappropriate e- mail to several colleagues and inadvertently added your boss’s name to the distribution list, once you hit “send” they will be reading it shortly.

5. Remember that e-mail is not private
When you send an e-mail to someone, it goes through many networks before it reaches your recipient and may even leave copies of your e-mail on a server, which can be accessed. It may seem as though you are communicating only with that person (and in most instances you are); however, your e-mail can be forwarded by the recipient to others.
A number of companies, including Verizon, offer e-mail encryption products, which encrypt a sender’s e-mail message and digitally sign it. The services also verify and authenticate that the message has not been altered and prevent it from being opened by anyone except the intended recipient. Additionally, users can lock e-mails so that they cannot be viewed by others.

6. Use out of office response, if available, to alert others of your absence
Many e-mail systems and services let you set up an automatic reply advising senders that you are not available. For efficiency of communications, trigger this auto-reply tool when you are away so senders know not to expect a timely response.

7. Keep it strictly business
It is best not to use the business e-mail systems for personal communication. Use your personal e-mail instead.

8. Be courteous, considerate and responsible when writing an e-mail message
Communication via e-mail is often considered informal, but you shouldn’t treat it that way. Remember, your e-mail may be going to your boss, your clients, your prospective clients, your colleagues. Be courteous and reply in a timely manner. It’s good to have a signature in your e-mail so the recipient can easily contact you. Additionally, it clearly identifies you and your company. Before e-mailing a large file, it’s wise to alert the recipients to be sure they want the file and in case they need to make room for it.

9. Keep your computer virus free
Lastly, make sure your computer is virus-free because you don’t want to be the person sending everyone a virus.
As an aside, with the success of this book every computer journalist and writer (me included) is thinking “doh”, why didn’t I think of email etiquette as a topic for book? Just goes to show that the next hot topic may be something as unlikely as email…
  • Use technology in ways the minimize negative effects on others
Technology is a great way to connect us all, but can also be used to cause harm onto others. Harm isn't necessarily talking about physical harm, it can also mean losing a persons files on the computer, or actual possessions, like money or property. Just like in actual society, you should not be trying to harm others, and others should not be trying to harm you. For example, hackers do this all the time. watch out for them. They bad.
  • Use technology when it is appropriate
Sometimes, its not a good idea to use technology. For example, say person A (we'll call him Bob) is sitting near to person B (we'll call him Joe.) Joe and Bob are having a disagreement over something such as messing up an assignment, etc. Joe decides to write a long, grueling and very inflammatory email. STOP. Person C (Mr. Jorb, the teacher) suggests that instead of writing an email to someone sitting near you, you can discuss it in a civilized manner after class. Should Joe have written the email, they may get into a larger argument, and someone could get hurt. However, if they discuss it after the said class, then they can be civilized and maybe become friends again.
Another example would be this. Say I (Rory) am sitting next to Spencer. We can talk about various things over MSN or AIM. However, this is using technology inappropriately because we are sitting right next to each other, and can talk like regular people. This could prevent the degrading of our English abilities, due to the fact that most people who talk on MSN talk lik ths, w/o cmplt sntncs. n us shrthnd lolkthxbai.
That is a no-no. This will just make you less likely to get an A in English, as you get more and more accustomed to using shorthand, not using punctuation, and also saying such famous quotes as Lol, BRB, Rofl, Lmao, Roflmao, or Roflcopter.
  • Respect others online: no cyber bullying, flaming, inflammatory language, etc.
  • You should not abuse other people online example sending them a message insulting there weight or size, you should also not curse at people online and you should not send spam messages because every time they check their message they will think they have a real message (and this wastes their time). You should also not repeat E-mails because every time someone checks there E-mail they will get loads of the same E-mail and that wastes there time because they think each E-mail they get is different and it is not. You should also not download programs onto public computers. You should not get addicted to being on computers or gaming consuls, you should be on an appropriate amount about 2-5 hours a day and don't let electronics take over your life.
  • The last but most important rule is "respect others as you way you want to be respected."
  • Don't change peoples account if you know there password and don't change peoples computer background if they are not looking.


In Conclusion



As the internet and computers are important tools for communication, collaboration, and information, it is crucial that we keep ourselves safe from as much as we can. It does not mean that we have to ban all of these tools, but rather that we learn how to use them responsibly and safely. The key thing is that we are all in a school together, and we need to understand that certain items are obviously not school appropriate, and therefore, should not be viewed or accessed from school.
Our common understanding of the safety issues posed by certain items that are on the internet, is important so that we can avoid issues and misunderstandings. As you know, it is always your best option to be up-front with your teachers and be honest about what you are doing when you are using computers.

Many items are beneficial to your learning, and in saying that I would like you to know that the staff has come together to build this Student Computer and Internet Use Policy and believe it to be the best option at this time. No technology items will ever truly be off limits in a classroom setting, but the ones that are discussed in this policy are to be used only in a classroom setting with teacher directed learning. Your teacher will be the guide and you the explorer. Keep the lines of communication open with your teachers and remember that safety and responsibility is the first step in becoming a true digital technology citizen.

Let us all develop and grow as digital citizens by applying our moral intelligences into a technology based world.