Online Safety Tips
- Never give anyone your WLCS network password or WL Google account information.
- Some web sites ask you to give personal information to qualify to win a prize. NEVER give out personal information without your parents' permission.
- Anyone can post anything to a web site. Review web sites carefully. Your teachers will help you learn how to do this.
- When you copy information from a web site, or other electronic resources, you MUST cite the source, or it is plagiarizing. If you do copy and paste information, put it in quotation marks and list the source where you obtained it.
- When you copy pictures, video, or sound clips, you must also cite the source where you obtained them.
- Do not play games, send instant messages, or access inappropriate web sites during school. Remember that the laptop is a tool for learning. If you choose to do any of these things, you are jeopardizing the laptop program and your integrity. There will be consequences as established by the Walled Lake Schools Student Code of Conduct.
- The district has a filter to prevent you from accessing inappropriate web sites. People who post pornographic images or who are involved in hate groups often find ways to get around filters. If you accidentally stumble upon an inappropriate web site, quickly exit, close your lid, and tell your teacher. DO NOT show or discuss what happened with your classmates. Be sure to follow this procedure.
- Do not use peer-to-peer file sharing services. These sites allow strangers from all over the world to share files. They can be used to download movies, TV shows, music, software, and more. File sharing can cause serious problems. First of all, it is illegal to download copyrighted materials and you could end up in a lawsuit. Second, you are opening up your computer to all users of the filesharing service! Filesharing services work by installing shared folders on your computer; any files stored in the shared folder are open for others to view, download, and save files. Virus creators love filesharing services; it is easy for them to hide a virus in a song (or any other file) and save it to millions of shared folders. When the song is opened, you get a special present... a virus. If you have a file sharing program, remove it. Info from Kim Comando, who writes the CyberSpeak column in USA Today.
Internet Safety Resources:
Other helpful links for parents:
Common Sense Media Website Review (also TV and Movies)