Cyber Safety and Morality
"WE CANNOT BE PART-TIME CHRISTIANS" POPE FRANCIS
Our use of technology presents us with many choices. The choices we make are a reflection of our values. Our choices need to be well-thought out not only because as Christians we believe all people should be treated with dignity, but because some of the wrong choices can unintentionally put us in harm's way.
Basic reminders for students:
- Use the internet to your advantage, for your education. This is easier than it sounds: you need to be able to access good and healthy sites while avoiding dangerous, inappropriate or immoral ones. When participating in social networking sites such as twitter and facebook, present yourself in a careful yet sincere manner, so that the average person reading what you post and looking at the images you make available will recognize you to be a man of integrity who makes wise choices based on your faith in Jesus.
- Strangers will look you up and look up what you are doing on the internet. You are a representative of your family, your Church and your school. Bring pride to each of these important aspects of your life.
- When participating in social networking when there is a rivalry between teams or schools, don't let your emotions get the best of you. Think before you post. Remember Mr. Hancock's advice: never post anything you don't want your grandma to see.
- Never give your personal information out when strangers have access to it, especially your address, your phone number, your personal schedule of where you will be and when.
- Respect all people, whether you know them or not. Keep all chat positive. Be careful about "kidding" and "joking". Not everyone will see it as kidding and/or joking.
- Never threaten anyone for any reason, even in jest.
- Remember that you can report any serious incident of bullying anonymously via Sprigeo
- Make sure your language is appropriate and respectful.
- Never assume if you are chatting with a stranger that they are who they say they are. It is better to avoid interactions with people you do not know.
IPAD/CELL PHONE/TABLET AND LAPTOP ACTIVITIES:
- Do not take pictures or video of people without their permission.
- Never take a picture or a video of a teacher without their explicit permission.
- Do not record class (audio or video) without the teacher’s explicit permission.
- DO! With permission: take pictures of the class notes on the board.
- DO! Use your camera for class projects, i.e. nature/trees for biology class when deemed appropriate by your teacher.
- Never encourage or coerce anyone into sending you an inappropriate picture – you could be held legally responsible. Never pose for an inappropriate picture or appear in front of a camera (via facetime, skype, cell phone, etc.). A 5-second mistake in this arena could haunt you for the rest of your life.
- If you receive an inappropriate image, never forward it to anyone (you could be legally responsible) and make sure you inform a responsible adult immediately.
- Remember that images sent via apps such as snapchat, kik, etc., give you the false impression that the photo cannot be saved and that only one person will see it for a matter of seconds. That image can still be saved forever.
BASIC REMINDERS FOR PARENTS:
- Dialogue with your son on a regular basis on matters of appropriate internet and cellphone use.
- "Befriend" or "follow" your son on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Have your son explain the apps that he has on his iPad, cell phone, tablet or laptop.
- Consider shutting down the wireless in your home at a specific time every evening. Some systems have timers where this can be done automatically.
- Have a designated place where your son can recharge his iPad during the night.
- Consider having a filtering or internet monitoring service for internet use in your home. (There is a strong filtering service at school)
- Remember that when you were your son’s age, you didn’t have to face such intense decisions on such a regular basis. Be patient and guide your son in a loving manner, yet set expectations that are based on our religious values.