Using the Internet Safely

28 Oct

These days just about everyone is using the Internet, however, it is important to remember some basics whilst surfing!  Over the years these are the rules I came up with for my classroom…

Netiquette– the basic rules of online etiquette

Stop Piracy!

  • Maintain a positive online presence:

  • Follow all school/corporate polices & Laws

    • No illegal activity
    • No uploading/downloading of:

      • inappropriate content
      • viruses
      • copyrighted materials without permission

    • Do not claim someone’s work as your own

  • Maintain your privacy!

  • Be aware of where you are. Read the description and note the site extension before clicking

Resources for more information:


Safe Teens


Copyright Infringement


Dowshen, S. (2011, June). Safe surfing tips for teens. Retrieved from


Edwards, C (2010). Lydi_pirate [Image]. From personal photo library

Klintworth, P. (2008). Online safety [Image]. Retrieved from


MCCCD legal services department – what students should know about copyright. (2008). Retrieved from http://

MsStarlile (2011, April 30). Top 10 netiquette rules [Video]. Retrieved from


Netsmartz. (2012). Retrieved from

Ross, S. (2012, January 18). Albion. Retrieved from is

plagiarism?. (2009, July 05). Retrieved from


5 responses to “Using the Internet Safely

  1. nicolehirai

    October 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I like that you have rules about netiquette for your students. Many times teachers and parents focus on keeping students safe by restricting the sites and information available to them online, but don’t always think about the harm their child or student could be causing. Cyberbullying and harassment have become such big issues and I think it is really important for teachers to talk to students about it to keep others safe online. Thank you for sharing the resources you use!

  2. Angela Moore

    December 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hello Cheronne,
    I enjoyed reading the Blog. Currently, I am teaching in lower elementary so your rules about maintaining privacy are what I stress the most. I do want to move into the upper grades where the children surf the net a little more. You have some good netiquette rules that I will keep in mind. It seems as though with some of the things the older children are doing today on the internet, they need to keep the netiquette rules in mind. Thank you for you ideas.

  3. Cheronne Edwards

    December 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Your welcome. I taught in the high school setting for 18 years, teaching netiquette was a must! The more prevalent social networking becomes the more important it is to get the privacy message across to everyone!

  4. biggsboys

    December 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I like your rules. They are clear and to the point. I have found on the high school setting that just having rules isn't enough sometimes. I have to discuss these types of things everytime we get on the internet. The students gripe about the firewalls. We have had discussions about how these sometimes aren't to keep students from accessing things, but to keep the computers from sites that could cause viruses, and also sites that could compromise safety of them and the school. There is so much more that just keeping students from FaceBook at school.

  5. Cheronne Edwards

    December 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    You are right. Sometimes it isn't about fencing the students in but fencing others out.


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