Digital Dos and Don'ts
Playing It Safe
How you present yourself on Facebook or any social media says a lot about who you are — just like what you say and do at school or with your friends. In all public places, online and off, it’s important to represent yourself as the kind of person you want to be.
Click here to read more about Facebook Safety for Teenagers.
Click here to read more about Facebook Safety for Parents.
Cybersafety is something that needs to be constantly addressed and Netsafe has some excellent material for students and parents to follow.
Searching the Internet
The Internet can be a great tool for doing research, but you need to evaluate websites to make sure they give accurate, good quality information. Sometimes it is better to go straight to websites that you know are reliable. Click on our Inquiry tab for examples of these.
To evaluate a website and decide if it is good enough to use for your purpose, you could apply the C.R.A.P. test or check out the 5Ws of Website Evaluation.
Plagiarism is when you copy someone else's work and submit it as your own, either by mistake or on purpose. Plagiarism, or copying someone else’s work, is cheating. It is plagiarism if you copy from another student, a written resource like an article or a book, or from an Internet resource. If you use information from any of these sources, you MUST acknowledge where you got it from.
Plagiarisma is a free tool that teachers and students can use to detect possible cases of plagiarism.
As well as being hugely useful for teachers, this tool allows students to check their own work before handing in an assignment – as you sometimes may not realise that you have plagiarised someone else’s work.
There are several ways you can use Plagiarisma. You can copy and paste a chunk of text into the Plagiarisma search box, or you can upload a whole document for scanning by Plagiarisma. A third alternative is to type an URL into the search box and have Plagiarisma scan for possible plagiarism.
If you’ve ever created anything – a story, a song, a piece of art – then you own the ‘copyright’ to it. Copyright is a type of legal protection given to anyone who creates something original.
Click here to find out what people can and cannot copy by law.
Click here for more information about copyright especially for school students.
Click here for copyright information for parents and caregivers.