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Digital Rights

More and more people are sharing your information that you might not know about. You have the right to know where your information is going. You need to be careful of "Cookies'' which are used for user-tracking!

1. Overview/Description of the various aspects of the topic

Digital Rights & Responsibilities are freedoms given to every student, administrator, teacher, parent or community member. There is a basic set of rights extended to every digital citizen. Digital citizens have the right to privacy and free speech. Digital rights must be addressed, discussed, and understood in schools and work places. This is because we are expressing ourselves more online, but this also means we have to protect ourselves more as well.

Elementary Aged Students

Elementary students today spend a lot of time on the web. Many of their toys involve the use of the internet, and as children they may not know how to use the internet responsibly. They need to know how to limit their time, and use it wisely, instead of spending all of their free time on the internet. They tend to disconnect themselves from their families and friends. They don't know right from wrong on the web, so unless their parents get involved they can pretty much do anything they want, which can get them in a lot of trouble. Most of them would not know what to do if they were put in a situation where they were being bullied on the web, or how to protect themselves from online predators. Parents need to take time with their kids to teach them online responsibilities.
cyber bullying
Cyber-bullying is a growing problem that has torn many families apart. Some kids have actually gone as far as committing suicide. Cyber bullying is basically typical bullying but over the internet. Usually on sites like myspace and facebook or instant messaging systems like windows live messenger. This is an under-rated problem that if it is not worked on could become even more dangerous and serious.
as the cyber world grows we need to get a better understanding how to prevent children from being negatively affected by it.
internet is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the peaople of todays way of life
this means that everybody has to contribute to keeping it safe and fun and easy to use.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

As a middle and high school student we have a little bit more freedom than elementary students and we know more about how to be safe online and how to use the internet properly. Parents should watch their kids closely online and observe what websites they go on. Websites like Myspace and Facebook can be a good and thing but also they can be a bad thing because makes it easier for stalkers to find out your information and find where you live easier. Parents should be aware and teach there kids proper online behavior. If all parents did this then most kid would be safe on the internet.



As adults they have the right to do a lot of things on the computer, and they don't have a parent telling them no. But to be a good digital citizen they need to show digital responsibility. Most adults are expected to show responsibiliy and follow the law while on the web. It can be very hard these days to show responsibility on the web because the adults haven't grown up with technology like us teenagers. You can look at porn, wire or steal money, send spam, say inappropriate things about people, etc. We all need to come together and make the internet a safe, fun thing to have for our future generations, and not keep it the "monster" it is becoming today.

2. Background of the topic including specific real examples.

Elementary Aged Students

Nine out of ten students get bullied on the web. It is our job to take action and stop cyberbullying. Websites like Build a Bear and Webkinz filter everything that is said, and of course if it is bad, they won't allow you to say it. If you are apart of a space, don't be afraid to tell someone, or report them to the owner of the website. You are standing up for yourself and your friends. You should use a technique called stop block and tell. First off, stop talking to the bully. Don't allow them to treat you badly. Second, you should block the bully. You have the power to delete them off your space. Finally, tell someone like a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult. We should all come together and stop this.

Middle/ High School Aged Students-

Cyber-bullying is when someone continuously makes fun of another person online or picks on them by sending them mean or harmful emails or text messages. These kinds of things can happen also in websites like MySpace or Facebook and are the main places where cyber bulling takes place. Cyberbulling can be very harmful and detrimental to middle and high school aged students.

How many times a day are you on the internet? If you are like most, then a big chunk of your social life probably takes place online. But law enforcement wants you to be aware; every time you’re online you could be at risk of something else. There’s a danger lurking in cyber space you may have heard of; cyber bullying. But do you know how common it really is? According to the National Crime Prevention Council, it’s a problem that affects almost half of all teens in America.

  • Do you have a website with video clips?
  • Do you post on YouTube, Facebook or MySpace?
  • Do you blog?
  • Do you secure music rights for performances?
Did you know there are legal requirements for all of the above activities? You might be at risk if you are not legally complying with state and federal law.
During the past two years, there have been extensive efforts at both international and national levels to revise copyright laws to address the challenges of The Internet and digitalization. ISPs (Internet service providers) have been active in these debates to ensure that revisions in copyright law do not create untenable liabilities for ISPs. Copyright laws that can be construed to hold ISPs liable for any content that is accessed will threaten not only the ISP industry but the Internet as we know it.
ISPs transmit more than half a billion messages each day, and cannot really be expected to monitor the content of those transmissions. Moreover, the instant nature of digital communications precludes access providers from judging, monitoring, viewing, or editing the content of most messages posted or accessed by their subscribers. Finally, ISPs are similar to common carriers in that they have no control over which members of the public use their facilities, or the content members of the public choose to transmit. Requiring ISPs to monitor user transactions for copyright violations would not only violate the rights of users, but would fundamentally change the ISP business model. It would force ISPs to sell content, not access.
Content owners have the right to receive compensation for the reproduction and use of their material. There are potential contractual, technical, and legal methods for ensuring that they do, even in the digital era. What must not be done is to create potential liability for ISPs for any copyrighted content that flows through their network. Effective copyright reform requires balancing ISP responsibilities and rights in regards to copyrighted material.


Identity theft is a crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, usually for profitable gain.
An example of identy theft is what happened to Robert Korinke. Robert Korinke was home having an early Christmas dinner with his family on Dec. 23 when there was an unexpected knock at the front door. It was a delivery service with an urgent package -- but this was no holiday gift. It was notice they were being sued by Homecomings Financial Network Inc. for $75,000, plus attorney's fees. The retired California couple's offense? They had been victims of identity theft three years earlier.
The Korinkes' story has a typical beginning. In April 2001, as the couple applied to refinance their home mortgage, they noticed disturbing entries on their credit report. There was some $75,000 in unsettled debts on a line of credit they once held with Homecomings. But the couple had settled its debt, and closed the account, the year before.
After some frantic phone calls and a lot of paperwork, the matter had apparently been cleaned up. An imposter had managed to gain control of the line of credit, and switched the address on the account to Houston, Texas -- so the Korinkes never received notice of the outstanding bills.
It is our right to get on the internet, but it needs to be our responsibility to use the internet for good!

3. Social / ethical aspects of the topic including how real people and communities have been positively or negatively affected and legal consequences

Elementary Aged Students

The internet as a whole is a privilege. We are very lucky to have to the knowledge that we do about the web. There are good and bad things that come along with it. Some positive are websites that allow different people to interact with people like them. Children with leukemia, can interact with other children that have it also. It's a helpful tool, because they have someone to relate to, and that knows how their feeling. Some negative examples are cases like kidnapping. Children are on the web all the time, and they are not always aware of the dangers of the cyber world. They are very trusting, and may believe someone when they say their a lot younger than they really are. Preditors are smarter than you think

You have the right to expect that your username or password is being protected by the website of which you have registered. You also have the responsibility to keep your username and password to yourself.

When online always be as nice as possible. You don’t want to start a flame war. A flame war is when two people constantly insult each other via the internet. This is a very time consuming and wasteful way to use the internet.

Children do not yet know about copy right we should have something on their internet usage and copy right problems

Middle/ High School Aged Students

For teenagers the internet is very helpful and but it also can be a bad thing. Myspace and Facebook a great examples of a good and bad internet site. They're good in the sense that you can socialize with your friends and also meet new people online but they can also be a bad thing because there are internet stalkers that are very smart and know how to take advantage of you if your not careful. Also the internet can be helpful if your doing a project in one of your classes and you need to look up reaseach for that project. All you have to do is go to Google and type in the name of your project. Overall I feel like the internet is helpful to most teenagers. I think that teenagers should be a bit more careful on what information that they give out and who they talk to.


Socially, Rights and Responsibilities have a lot to do with our daily life. Everything we do online we have to think if it is our right to do it; or whether it is our responsibility to do it. It is important for everyone to think about these ideas daily so we don't run into problems like spam. Spam is an unsolicited or undesired bulk of electronic messages. We, as digital citizens, know that spam is annoying and can be dangerous. We all need to come together and try to stop this!
Most Australian small to medium businesses (SMEs) connected to the internet receive unsolicited commercial email or spam which affects the company's productivity, an e-business survey shows. The annual Sensis e-business report showed 82 per cent of SMEs that were online received spam and, as a result, experienced major problems. Just 13 per cent of SMEs said they did not find spam a problem, while an equal proportion cited the unwanted influx of email as a major or minor problem. "With such a large proportion of SMEs experiencing problems with spam, this is a major drain on business productivity," Sensis chief economist Steven Shepherd said. "It is disturbing to note that a large proportion of SMEs take no action to address the issue... (and) 27 per cent of SMEs that have a major problem with SPAM have not taken any action to address to issue." Most of the respondents cited the time wasted in deleting the emails as the major problem, followed by general irritation and annoyance and concern over computer viruses.

4. Possible solutions to the problems that have emerged.

Adults: if they make a homepage, they can not advertise items unless it is payed for

Elementary Aged Students

Parents need to be involved in their kids' online life. They need to be aware of what's going on in this dangerous cyber world. Have a computer in an open space, so you can monitor their online activities. Since some of these children are so young, they don't know how to protect themselves so it's your job as a parent to stop this online issue which is cyber bullying. Talk to your children and discuss ways to be safe on the internet, and how to have good online behavior.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

As an average teenager most everyone at this age knows how to be safe on the internet and we know who to avoid when online.Although most people at this age may know this I still feel like parents should be some what involved in there kids online activites.
  • Don't tell anyone you meet online where you live
  • Don't tell anyone your personal information like your phone number, e-mail address, address, city, state, or zip code
  • If someone is stalking you make sure you tell an adult as soon as it happens
  • Never believe anyone online no matter what they say

If you follow these simple rules you should be safe online.


Our responsibility as digital citizens is to stop identity theft, and other harmful things on the internet. Here are some steps into stopping identity theft.

- Keep all identification and financial documents in a safe and private place.
- Check your credit reports annually
- Don’t carry around credit, debit, or ATM cards you don’t need.
- Update virus protection software periodically

5. Guideline(s) or rule(s) by age group

A. Elementary Aged Students

As a young child, there are a few things you should do to be safe online.

1. You should never give out your full name, age, address, passwords, or social security number.
2. Don't talk to any strangers, or people that you don't know personally.
3. Never give anyone a family members information either.
4. Talk to a parent or trusted adult if you are being bullied, and don't be afraid to block them.

B. Middle / High School Aged Students

When your are on the internet teenagers should take precautions and make sure that you never give out your personal information such as your
  • full name
  • home address
  • phone number
  • social security number
  • passwords
  • names of family members

Also you should avoid people that ask for this information no matter what they tell you and you must always tell your parents once this has happened. Tell them to leave you alone and avoid talking to them is this situation continues call the police.

C. Adults

Again, I think the guide lines to keeping you safe on the computer are..

- Keep all identification and financial documents in a safe and private place.
- Check your credit reports annually
- Don’t carry around credit, debit, or ATM cards you don’t need.
- Update virus protection software periodically

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