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  • 1. Are you being a safe and successful digital citizen?
  • 2.
    • A digital citizen is someone who is able to understand and fully participate in the digital world characterised by technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in a digital world.
  • 3.
    • The Epsom Girls Grammar School Digital Citizenship contract is a policy designed to ensure safe and successful use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at all times.
    • This is a policy that encourages our students to be safe and successful digital citizens.
  • 4.
    • be a safe user whenever and wherever I use that technology
    • be responsible whenever and wherever I use technology and support others by being respectful in how I talk to and work with them and never write or participate in online bullying. This includes forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour
    • report to an adult if I feel unsafe or uncomfortable online or see a friend being unsafe or being made to feel uncomfortable by others.
  • 5.
    • behave in a way outlined in the Schools’ Digital Citizenship Contract when online or using mobile technology
    • keep myself and my friends safe by not giving out personal details including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images and protecting my password
    • use the technology at school for learning, use the equipment properly and not interfere with the work or data of another student
    • not bring or download unauthorised programs or files
    • not go looking for rude or offensive sites
    • use an ‘online name’ and avatar when sharing my work online
    • remember that the content on the web is someone’s property and ask my teacher or a parent/caregiver to help me get permission if I want to use information or pictures
    • think carefully about what I read on the internet, question if it is from a reliable source and use the information to help me answer any questions (I should not copy and paste the information as my answer)
  • 6.
    • I need help online
    • I am not sure what I should be doing on the internet
    • I come across sites that are not suitable
    • someone writes something I don’t like, or makes me and my friends feel uncomfortable or asks me to provide information that I know is private
    • I feel that the welfare of other students at the school is being threatened.
  • 7.
    • use it as requested for learning purposes as directed by my teacher
    • be responsible in my use and not use the device to find, create or send information that might be harmful, inappropriate or hurtful to me or anyone else.
    • be entirely responsible for the security of the device at all times.
  • 8.
    • keep my phone on silent during class times and only make or answer calls and messages outside of lesson times – except for specified learning purposes
    • protect the privacy of others and never post private information about another person using SMS messages
  • 9.
    • only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of a class or lesson
    • seek permission from individuals involved PRIOR to taking photos, recording sound or videoing them (including teachers)
    • seek written permission from individuals involved PRIOR to publishing or sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space
    • be respectful in how I talk to and work with others online and never write or participate in online bullying
    • seek teacher permission before uploading any content to public websites
  • 10.
    • (Years 11-13 only)
    • You will need to take home the Digital Citizenship contract
    • Read through the document with your parent /care giver
    • Return the signed front page by the end of Week 2
    • No signed contract, no internet acces!
  • 11.
    • What can you do?
    • You found the car picture you were searching for, but on top of it was a naked lady!
    • Someone keeps messaging nasty and upsetting comments about you and/or your friends on your mobile phone and/or online.
    • A person you have met online asks you to give them your full name and phone number and suggests you meet. What if you have chatted with them for a long time?
    • You are sent a message which has been forwarded by someone else. It has embarrassing comments/image about someone you know.
    • A game online will only let you play it if you give your name, address, phone number, date of birth, etc.
    • In an online space/chat someone suggests you all exclude or block someone you know.
    • Your friend has an online profile published (not set to private). You can see their personal details and photos. Other people you know are in the photos.
    • A friend tells you about a great site where there is ‘free’ music to download.
  • 12.
    • Discussion Questions
    • Who can access photos of you online?
    • What are your privacy settings on Facebook, Bebo etc
  • 13.
    • Discussion questions
    • Do you post share information illegally?
    • Download free music/tv/films?
    • Have you ever posted pictures of your friends without asking their permission?