Print out enough copies of this pledge and discuss real world safety. It is important to discuss being safe in the real world in conjunction with internet safety. As with the internet safety pledge, you could have your advisors create their own safety pledges.
Print out enough copies of this pledge and discuss internet safety with your advisors. You can even have the kids create their own internet safety pledge.
Setting your page to private is smart, and a step in the right direction — but who’s on your friends list? Don’t give just anyone access to your world. Watch this video about social networking. Use these activity cards to follow up the video.
Stuff to Know
- Keep your personal information private
- Only add friends you know in real life
- Set your page and blog to private
- Use a nickname that doesn’t identify your location, gender, or age
- Never meet in person with anyone you have first met online
- Alter your pictures before you post them to remove identifying information
- Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list
- Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site
- Ignore harassing or rude comments posted on your profile
- Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post
- Never post sexually provocative photos
Quick tips for keeping yourself safe on social networks
- Put everything behind password protected walls, where only friends can see
- Protect your password and make sure you really know who someone is before you allow them onto your friends list
- Blur or morph your photos a bit so they won’t be abused by cyberbullies or predators
- Don’t post anything your parents, principal or a predator couldn’t see
- What you post online stays online – forever – so, ThinkB4uClick!
- Don’t so or say anything online you wouldn’t say offline
- Protect your privacy and your friends’ privacy too…get their okay before posting something about them or their pic online
- Check what your friends are posting/saying about you. Even if you are careful, they may not be and may be putting you at risk.
- That cute fourteen year old boy may not be cute, may not be fourteen and may not be a boy! You never know!
- And, unless you’re prepared to attach your MySpace or Facebook to your college, job, internship, scholarship or sports team application, don’t post it publicly!
Embedded video from CNN Video
Middle school students in Green Bay, Wisconsin are facing fines and suspensions tonight after posting their school yard fight on Youtube.com earlier this week.
At least four students have been suspended at Franklin Middle School, for involvement with the incident and up to six students have been ticketed by police for disorderly conduct.
Several fight scenes coming out of Franklin Middle School have been recorded and posted – in one fight, two students punch each other in the school bathroom while other watch, laugh, and videotape with their cell phones.
This is just one incidence amongst many in a recent trend of posting fights and harassment on Youtube.
Check out the clip below for an in-depth description and brief footage from the fights.
Discuss what is appropriate/inappropriate for posting on youtube. Make sure to mention that your school name should never be tagged or mentioned.