- I WILL TALK WITH MY
PARENTS OR GUARDIAN ABOUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND GROUND RULES FOR
I will talk with my
parents or guardian so that we can set up rules for going online. The
rules will include the time of day that I may be online, the length of
time I may be online, whom I may communicate with while online, and
appropriate areas for me to visit while online. I will not break these
rules or access other areas without their permission.
I will never download
anything from anyone I don't know. In addition to offensive content,
spam or junk e-mail may contain viruses that can damage my computer.
- I WILL KEEP MY IDENTITY
I will never share
personal information such as my full name, my mailing address, my
telephone number, the name of my school, or any other information that
could help someone determine my actual identity.
I will also not reveal
any personal information about my friends or family. I will never send a
person my picture or anything else without first checking with my
parents or guardian.
- I WILL NEVER RESPOND TO
ANY ONLINE COMMUNICATION THAT MAKES ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE
I will tell a trusted
adult if I come across any information that makes me feel scared,
uncomfortable, or confused.
I will never respond to
any messages that are rude or offensive in any way. I will show the
message to a trusted adult right away so that he or she can decide if
it’s necessary to contact the online service or other authorities.
- I WILL NEVER MEET IN
PERSON WITH ANYONE I HAVE FIRST “MET” ONLINE WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT
WITH MY PARENTS OR GUARDIAN
Since the biggest
danger to my safety is getting together with someone I have first “met”
online, I won’t meet in person with anyone unless my parents or guardian
agrees to the meeting, they will go with me to the meeting, and the
meeting will be in a public place.
- I WILL RESPECT OTHER
PEOPLE’S RIGHTS WHILE ONLINE
The Internet is a large
community; therefore, my behavior while on it affects others. I will
always treat others the way I would like to be treated.
I will respect
copyright laws and check on sources. When writing reports I will make
sure that the online sources of information are credible, and I will
always cite my sources.
Piracy is illegal
and keeps authors, artists, and others from getting paid for their work.
I will never download things such as pictures, games, music, or movies
that have not been given to the public for free.