Share1.gifYour electronic forums are public. Your work can be seen by anyone on the web. For this reason, it’s pretty important that we follow some sensible guidelines for putting ourselves “out there”…

  1. Your wikis / nings are really just online extensions of our classroom. Speech that is not appropriate for class is not appropriate for your electronic forums either. While you are strongly encouraged to engage in debate and conversation with other participants, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner representative of your school.
  2. Never EVER EVER give out or record private information on our wikis / nings. Your electronic forums exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your last name, your phone number or your home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.
  3. Think carefully about your user names, about the context of your user name, making sure that all names are non-offensive in any form of meaning and if in doubt - don't use it.
  4. Again, your electronic forum is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful or immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.
  5. Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.
  6. Please refrain from using 'text speak' (or txt language/sms) as it is not appropriate to educational settings, unless specifically requested. It may also be disconcerting to those who do not speak English well, as these people may need to use an online translator. The translator will not be able to interpret the context unless correct English is used. Remember that online work may have a global audience.
  7. If you feel that a person is at risk, writing work that is upsetting to you or others, making you feel uncomfortable or indicating that they may need help coping with their day to day life, please let a teacher or trusted adult know so that the matter can be attended to immediately.

All quite reasonable rules really… (adapted from these)
Some of you may make use of other electronic forums and perhaps the same guidelines should apply?

Thanks to Mr. Chris Betcher who alerted me to the source of these guidelines. Steve Madsen