Inappropriate Contact -- Student's must know how to recognize and protect themselves against contact with cyber-bullies, hackers, phishers, and predators. People aren't always who they say they are. The Internet is a place to enhance existing relationships, not a place to meet new people.
Inappropriate Content -- This includes content that is viewed, and content that is uploaded, by kids. Student's need to understand that the Internet if forever! Everything you post online is tracked and stored and will follow you to future job interviews and college entrance interviews.
Inappropriate Conduct -- The web environment can feel anonymous, but the Internet is a public forum; anonymity is a myth and you will still be accountable for your actions.
7 TIPS FOR CYBER SUCCESS
1. Explain to your student that it is a good idea to only post information that they are comfortable with others seeing.
2. Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your student's online profile (e.g. Myspace, Facebook, etc.)
3. Review your student's friends list and limit the online "friends" to people they actually know.
4. Know what social networking sites your student may be using, so that you can best understand their activities.
5. Encourage your student to trust their gut if they have suspicions. Also have them inform you if they feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online.
6. Tell your student that it is NEVER OKAY to impersonate someone else online.
7. Make sure that your student has created a safe screen name that does not reveal too much personal information (e.g. where they live, how old they are, or their gender).