While we encourage you to personalize your device and explore all its possibilities, we want to remind you of certain guidelines that we expect you to follow as you use your device while enrolled in school:
We hope you enjoy using your device and that it makes you more productive in school!
Internet Safety Guidelines
You have been assigned a device that will allow you to access the Internet. While we have put in place basic mechanisms to prevent inadvertent access to questionable or dangerous material on the Internet, the content available on the Internet is vast and impossible to filter completely. And while the use of the Internet has immense benefits, it is important to recognize that the Internet is a public and global medium, and therefore there are inherent risks in using this tool. It is therefore important that you establish a set of practices to protect yourself while using the Internet. The following are basic guidelines for a responsible and safer online life. You should remember these guidelines while accessing the Internet with your Chromebook:
- Always remember there’s no such thing as “private” online. Anything posted can be seen by or forwarded to strangers, college admissions officers, and potential employers.
- Real life rules also apply in cyberspace. If you wouldn’t do it in real life, you shouldn’t do it online.
- Think before you post. The Internet is a great tool for sharing. But before you share something you should ask yourself “Why am I posting this? Who will see it? Could it be misunderstood?” Remember that offensive or explicit material will reflect poorly on you, your school and your family. For example, do not post embarrassing or cruel posts, do not participate in hate speech or groups, and do not post compromising pictures you wouldn’t want the whole world to see if you were in them.
- Be a good digital citizen. Online cheating is still cheating. Plagiarism is cheating. So don’t do either. Strive for making the web a place where people want to hang out and where everyone can feel safe. If you land in a place you should not be, navigate away.
- Agree on browsing and downloads with you parents. Discuss with your parents what music is okay to download, which video sites are ok to visit, and what games are ok to download and play.
- Practice critical thinking. You should always ask yourself “who posted this?” and “Why was this posted?” Thinking this way will help you find trustworthy information, and it will also help you avoid online scams. You should also think critically about your own posts.
- Stay in safe neighborhoods. Just as it is good practice to avoid walking down dark alleys alone at night, you should avoid creepy places online. But if you do land there, navigate away and remove any unpleasant or suspicious content right away.
- Better safe than sorry. If you think something that you have witnessed online is not right, please bring it to the attention to an adult at home or at school.