Best Practices for Students

    • Keep all your personal information to yourself
      • Information like your address, telephone number, or even where you got to school and what you do afterwards can lead to dangerous situations down the road.
    • Never give out your picture or post it online
      • Your image is everything; don't let someone destroy it. Anything you send could be altered and then given to other people. 
    • Always use a neutral screenname
      • It is important that your username not reveal any personal information such as your age, sex, or location.
    • Don't give out passwords to anyone other than your parents.
      • Your password can be used in a variety of ways that may hurt you. If you think that someone may know your password, change it. 
    • Don't trust everyone you meet online.
      • Some people are not who they say they are. For instance, someone online could claim to be 12 and really be 50.
    • If you come across anything that makes you uncomfortable, tell your parents.
      • This include pictures, messages that are mean, or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable.


Best Practice for Parents

    • Create rules and routines for laptop and Internet use at home.
      • Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children and post them near the computer as a reminder. Only the student should use the FUSD-assigned laptop for the purpose of education. No friends or relatives should be allowed to use the laptop for any reason. Be sure that the rules are being followed by everyone in the household.
    • Know what your kids are doing with technology.
      • Check the Internet history to see which sites your student is visiting. Designate a place in your home where your student can safely store and retrieve the laptop when needed.  Remind your student to use the laptop for educational purposes only. See the following section for instructions on how to view your student’s browser history.
    • Use the Internet with your kids.
      • Spend time letting your kids show you what they do online. This can be a great learning experience for both of you. If your kids know something about the website or the Internet that you don’t, ask them. If your child accesses an inappropriate website, discuss with them why it is inappropriate. Please also notify the principal and take record of the name of the website.
    • Don’t allow solitary surfing.
      • Keep your computer in an open and public room and position the monitor so that it can be seen by anyone in the room. Do not allow your kids to have a computer with Internet access in their room.
    • Don’t rely solely on technology as a substitute for you.
      • Technology will never replace good parenting. It’s important that we talk to our kids about the dangers that they face online and help them to understand the safeguards that we put in place to protect them.

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