Appropriate Behavior

  1. NO profanity of Any kind, this includes any language. Additionally, there will not be any IM speak that include profanity-- we all know what they mean (including the teachers).
  2. No inappropriate images or other multimedia. If you are not sure about an image check with your teacher first. It may seem like a fun thing to do at the time but some images are not appropriate and can be considered an insult in other cultures. You need to be culturally sensitive AT ALL TIMES.
  3. Treat everyone with respect. No harassing or unkind statements. Do not make statements on looks, race, or any other aspect of a person's individual persona. It is simply not appropriate. Kindness is always respectful and we expect it.
  4. As of 4/14/2008, No warnings. Inappropriate behavior will get you banned. Period.
  5. Individual schools will treat this according to their internal disciplinary procedures. All activities on the Ning and wiki, whether done at home or at school are considered as taking place on school premises. When you are in this project, you are AT SCHOOL.

Reporting Behavior
  1. Report it to a teacher Immediately -- you may also send a private e-mail of the link to Mrs. Davis or Mrs. Lindsay (preferably both) -- include the hyperlink.
  2. Teachers know how to deal with this and all have administrative privileges.

Personal Information

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 personal 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. 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.
  4. 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.

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. Mr. Madsen

Please list below what / how personal information can be shared safely in electronic forums such as our wiki, ning or blog for the Horizon Project 2008: