Internet Safety

Internet Safety
Gateway Unified School District would like to inform parents, teachers, and community members that we take student digital privacy seriously in our district. We have many safeguards in place to help protect our students. You may have heard of the latest hoax hitting the Internet media outlets about a supposed entity encouraging children to harm themselves. Although this does appear to be a hoax, it highlights the need to be alert.

This is a great opportunity to discuss Internet safety with your children. Internet safety goes way beyond protecting children from strangers or blocking inappropriate content. It is about helping your children use the Internet productively and practice safe, responsible online behavior -- especially when you are not there to answer their questions or check in on where they have ventured. Keep in mind that what may seem like basic knowledge to parents may be new to children just getting started in the digital world. Having a conversation before your child embarks online helps set expectations and establish ground rules.

Here are the basic guidelines to share with your children:
  • Follow your family's rules about when and where to use the Internet.
  • Be polite, kind, and respectful when online just as you should in person.
  • Understand a website's rules, and know how to flag other users for misbehavior.
  • Recognize "red flags," including someone asking personal questions such as your name and address.
  • Never share your name or ANY personal information to strangers! Home address, school name, age, etc.
  • Never send pictures to strangers.
  • Keep passwords private (except from your parents).
  • Never open a message from a stranger; it may contain a virus that can harm a computer.
  • Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens while online.
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