Online Etiquette and Legal Responsibilities

Online Etiquette and your Legal Responsibilities

Important Guidelines

There are so many ways to communicate electronically today. Email, Social Media, Twitter and Blogs to name a few. It is so important to be aware of online etiquette and your responsibilities when communicating online. It is also important to be aware that some forms of communicating are illegal and could get the author into BIG trouble.

When it comes to Blogs, the owner is the administrator and is responsible for approving any comments before they can be published. This means that if any negative or inappropriate comments are posted, the administrator WILL NOT publish these comments. In fact the exercise of writing such comments becomes a little fruitless, as no such comments will see the light of the internet.

What is also very important to remember when writing comments online, anything that is inappropriate or offensive can be forwarded onto the POLICE for further investigation. It is also important to note that passing yourself off as some else, by creating an email account in another person’s name, is a CRIME. It is called IDENTITY THEFT.

Please note that every time someone makes a comment, their unique IP address is included and this IP address gives the POLICE the name and address of the account holder. Wireless, Dial up, ADSL and Smart phone accounts all have an unique IP address.

So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it as positive, polite, friendly and respectful as you would offline.

When communicating within online learning systems you are expected to follow the same standards of behaviour as you would in a classroom situation and obey the rules of online etiquette:

Never use language that could be found offensive. Never attack others personally
and don’t act in a way that could constitute harassment, bullying or discrimination.

So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it positive, polite, friendly and respectful









Click on this link to see what the Victorian Police have to say about Cyber bullying and harassment.

Click on this link to see what the Victorian Police have to say about Identity Theft


Our Inquiry this term is “How do we make healthy choices about our life?”

During our Tunning In, we worked with Nadine LeMescam and searched through various images. We worked in groups and wrote down words to describe the pictures. next we thought of a common theme that links all the images together and devised an inqiry question to investigate.

We created Wordles to go with out list of words. have a look at our creations below.







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By Blake

Film Animations

Today some of the students had their first go at creating a film animation. We talked about creativity and how we can be creative in the classroom. Tylor and Cooper were creative when they worked together, shared ideas, reflected on what was working and they had fun! Its fun being engaged and creative. Lizard Day_Tylor_Cooper by cdbri1

Like it? Create your own at It’s free and fun!

Our Skype Interview

It was an exciting morning on Thursday as we were expecting our first Skype phone call and interview.

Our Inquiry Unit is looking at ‘How schools have changed from the past?’
So we took the opportunity to interview Grandparents about their memories and accounts of school in the past.

Before our Skype Interview we needed to organise and think of some questions. We worked in groups to come up with as many questions we could think of. As a class we bundled these questions looking at common themes emerging such as punishment/dress code/transport and the school curriculum.

Before our Sykpe session we also assigned some special roles to students.

Thomas started the session by introducing the class and asking the first question.

Ella was our typist and recorded all the answers.

Jessica filmed the session.

Our Sykpe Interview

Watch our video below

Blogging Club

This week some of the Grade Two students are starting their own blogs.
We will also start a Blogging Club on Wednesday at Lunch time in order to practise some essential blogging skills.
The first lesson will be on how to get to the dashboard and change your theme to personalise your blog.

Below is video by a Teacher at Castlemaine North Primary school that shows you how to do just this.

Writers Club – changing themes from Castlemaine North PS on Vimeo.

Thanks sbaglia for the video.