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Net Responsibility

Beware of the potholes in the Information Highway!!

  • Controversy--anxiety from parents and peers that students might go "where no man should tread."  Since the Internet is an area unsupervised and vehemently protected by First Amendments proponents, fear will exist that students might stumble into places that are unsavory or unacceptable by most standards.
  • Guidelines--establish an acceptable use policy for use of the Internet.  By establishing guidelines, you deal with preventative measures and at least alert students to appropriate behavior if faced with a controversial situation.
  • Integrate--let your curriculum drive the use of the internet.  There should always be a reason and an objective to be accomplished before using the internet.  Aimlessly browsing or "surfing" the net is an unacceptable use of instructional time.  

Good Citizens on the Internet:

  • Never knowingly post or forward information that is not true.
  • Have good manners.
  • Tell people when you like their work.
  • Be creative, not destructive.
  • Always obey copyright laws.
  • Think before sending.
  • Be yourself--don't lie to others.
  • Don't use someone else's account or password.
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Think before uploading or downloading.

Source:  The Ten Commandments for Computer Ethics

This page was updated on:  04/10/02