RHS students are encouraged to use technology to communicate, to enhance and deepen their learning; to explore, innovate and create new possibilities and expand their digital literacy. A digitally literate person knows how to use a wide variety of software, applications and computer and online platforms to learn, communicate, manage, organize and create - that is, they know more than how to download music, scroll through social media and play games. When using technology in the classroom, please be sure you have discussed your ideas and uses with your teacher and received permission (this way, they know you are not texting your friends or updating your Facebook page). Learning how to access, evaluate and assess the ever expanding volume of information available on the Internet are skills that need to be practiced and taught. This requires critical thinking skills and being thoughtful about what you are reading, listening to and viewing online. This involves self-regulation and being a good digital citizen. It is important to remember that the Internet is forever and once you post, share, like or re-post something online, it is public information. This is also true of closed groups, chat groups, text messages and all forms of communication online, regardless of "privacy settings".
At RHS, being a responsible digital citizen means being respectful and thoughtful online. Below are our expectations for all members of our school community:
Do NOT post anything online you would not say to someone in person. An online comment can be even more hurtful than something expressed verbally, because once something is written, a person can read it over and over again and others can share it widely. Sometimes we may find it easier to reply with negative comments when the person is not right in front of you and people can hide behind their computer or smartphone. Don’t be tempted; THINK about what you are saying before you post or send, and ask yourself, “Is this comment helpful?", "Would I say this to someone in person?” or "Would I want my parents to read this?" Online harrassment or bullying in any form is unwelcome at RHS and will be investigated by school administration, and if necessary, the RCMP. If something concerning is happening online to yourself or others, please speak to your counsellor or to one of our vice principals or principal.
Do NOT share anything about other people or created by other people, without permission. It is not acceptable to post comments or photos of someone online without their permission, even in a closed group or chat group. Remember also that all online content was created by someone, and that person owns their content. This includes articles (and ANY portion of articles), photos, memes, reports, blogs, and anything else online that wasn’t created by you. Be aware of copyright laws (intellectual property) and school plagiarism rules. Request permission before you share, and be sure to cite and footnote accurately if you reuse or repost an image or an article or sections/passages/ideas from an article authored by others.
Be a critical thinker - Do NOT believe everything you see or read online. Not everything online is true. In fact, there’s a lot online that is inaccurate or untrue. Before believing (or sharing), dig deeper, search for other sources and ask questions. If something seems "to good to be true" it may very likely be a scam. Be very careful about sharing any personal information online - this includes your identity, address, phone number, banking information, Social Insurance Number, etc. and never do this without talking to a trusted adult or parent first.
Do NOT post anything that you do not want to last forever. Before you say, post or like anything online, ask yourself, “Am I ok if this is never deleted?”. Once something is out there online, it is out there for good. There is no delete button or eraser for the Internet - everything can be recovered, even if you "delete" it and, if necessary, "anonymous" posts can be traced.
Do NOT spend all of your time online. The Internet is an amazing place with an infinite variety of things to discover. However, as with all things in life, moderation is important - don’t just live a "virtual life"! Exploring the real world with real people, real travel, real experiences and face to face human interaction provides a wealth of valuable life experiences the online world will never fully replicate.