1. will be a confident and capable user of ICT.
2. will use ICT for learning as well as other activities.
3. will think carefully about whether the information I see online is true.
4. will be able to speak the language of digital technologies.
5. understand that I may experience problems when I use technology and that I will learn to deal with them.
6. will always use ICT to communicate with others in positive, meaningful ways.
7. will be honest and fair in all of my actions using ICT.
8. will always respect people’s privacy and freedom of speech online.
9. will help others to become better digital citizens.
10. will look for responsible ways to incorporate pictures, video, and music in my work on a computer.
Responsible Use Agreement
When using information & communications technologies (ICT) at [my school] I will always be a good digital citizen. This means that I;
I know what I do and do not understand about the technologies that I use. I will get help where I need it.
I understand that technology can help me to learn. I also know it can also be used to talk to people, to buy and sell things and to have my opinion heard. I know when and where it is OK to do each one.
I know that it is easy to put information online. This means that what I see is not always right. I will always check to make sure information is real before I use it.
When people talk online the things they say can be quite different from a conversation they might have if they were sitting next to each other. I know that I must try to understand what people are saying before I react to them. If I am not sure, I can ask them or someone else to explain.
I understand that there will be times when technology may not work as I expected it to, or that people may be mean or unkind to me online. When these things happen, I know that there are ways I can deal with it. I also know there are people I can go to, to get help if I don’t know what to do next.
I will always talk politely and with respect to people online. I know that it is possible to bully or hurt people with what I say and do on the internet. I will think about the effect that my actions have on other people.
I will never do anything online that I know will hurt anyone. I will make sure what I do is not against the law. I will make sure that my actions don’t break the rules of the websites that I use. When I am not sure about what I am doing I will ask for help.
I understand that some information is private. I will be careful when using full names, birthdays, addresses and photos of other people and of my own. I also know that I will not always agree with what people say online but that does not mean that I can stop them or use it as an excuse to be unkind to them.
Being a good digital citizen is something that we all have to work at. If I know that my friends are having problems online, I will try to help them. If I see that someone is being unfairly treated online then I will speak up rather than just watch it happen.
I can photograph, draw, record my own content when possible. I can search for permission to use content that I wish to use.
11. will protect the integrity of my data, personal privacy, and property.
My files and devices are my responsibility. I know where they are, and the files are not in one place only. Passwords are kept confidential.
I understand that these guidelines for responsible use are to be followed when using any technology while at school or while on any school activity. I am aware that this may include the use of a device that the school does not own.
I understand that if I breach this responsible use agreement, I may lose access to school ICT services including the use of the internet, on school owned devices or any personally owned device used at school.
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