Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet
A section from the Student Code of Conduct
Our online and mobile activities are just a normal part of life. But, the powerful technology that fills both our schools and homes comes with some potential dangers.
Having unlimited access to information and people may result in increased knowledge and great experiences. But it can also lead to inappropriate content and exposure to risks. We want students to make good decisions in the digital world to protect their safety, personal information and reputation.
Internet filters within our district protect from inappropriate material online. Several policies are also in place to address online safety and security, as well as rules for technology use. Cybersafety instruction is integrated into classroom lessons, library activities and counseling sessions and is an important part of the Ready 1:1 program.
A section from the Student Code of Conduct
Cyberbullying happens when a student is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.
Cyberbullying can lead to low self-esteem, and victims may feel scared, frustrated, humiliated, angry or depressed. They may become isolated, withdrawn, nervous and even suicidal.
Sending someone mean or threatening emails, messages or texts
Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others
Breaking into someone's account to send cruel or untrue messages or make posts pretending to be that person
Creating websites or pages to make fun of another person
We do not tolerate bullying in our district and that includes cyberbullying. If you believe you are being cyberbullied or know someone who is, please talk to your teacher, school counselor, principal or any district employee as soon as possible to get assistance and intervention.
See our bullying page for more information about the bullying investigation process.
Digital life is both public and permanent. Everything we do online creates “digital footprints” or digital tattoos that don’t fade away. An inappropriate picture or angry post can end up hurting your reputation and impacting your future. Colleges now check the social media accounts of potential students and employers are doing the same for job applicants. Even if you reconsider and delete something you posted, it can still resurface later if it was copied, shared or archived. This is why it is crucial that we act as good digital citizens.
A good citizen is honest, compassionate, responsible and respects others and their property. A digital citizen, has these same characteristics offline and online. A digital citizen is someone who navigates the digital world safely, responsibly and respectfully. They know right from wrong and makes good choices when using technology.
A good digital citizen:
Understanding the potential risks associated with popular types of apps will help you use them wisely and safely. Keep in mind that:
Common Sense Media offers many resources to help parents learn about the latest apps and websites. They also provide tips for keeping online interactions safe, productive and positive.
Many games are played online against other players, whether on a console, computer, mobile device or social networking site. Players often chat via microphone, headset or messaging.
Online gaming can be very competitive and sometimes leads to inappropriate language and harassment.
There can also be hidden risks in downloading and playing web and app-based games. Some apps claim to be free but disguise charges in upgrades for in-game features. And if you’re not downloading from reputable sources you could end up downloading a virus or being scammed.
Keep in mind that many app-based games include a social aspect as well. Some game apps will match you up to play against other users you may not know and allow you to chat with them. Other games will share your progress on your Facebook feed.
We partnered with Common Sense Media to educate our students, parents, and educators about the importance of cybersafety. All the family tip sheets and many of the resources on our cybersafety page are provided by them.
We invite parents to explore their website to find even more great resources. There is an in-depth parenting concerns section that includes FAQs, articles and videos about a variety of topics relating to the use of technology and online safety.
Consider using their age-specific templates to help you create a family media agreement. It is a great way to start a conversation about internet safety and decide on consequences as a family.
NetSmartz Workshop has videos, games, activity cards and presentations that provide age-appropriate resources to help teach children aged 5-17 how to be safer on and offline.
Online tutorials and workshops are available through Atomic Learning for all GISD families.
How to log in: Parents and students should contact their campus librarian for usernames and passwords. Staff can use their network credentials.
Check out these fun engaging videos with your child:
iKeepSafe provides positive resources for parents to help them teach their children how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
The site also includes Faux Paw the Techno Cat® - a series of educational books and videos that teach children about topics like online safety, cyberbullying, responsible downloading and balancing screen time with real life.