This page provides copies of essential documents for students who wish to participate in the Blackboard, Inc. interactive site. In order for a student to participate, both students and their parents must be fully informed about the requirements and conditions for participation. The required documents are here as well as the information about the interactive site.
Provided here are three documents:
Predators on the Internet
Email Accounts: An Important Issue
Bb Website Conditions of Use
After you and your parents have read all that is here...
...be sure to get an application from MrG as soon as possible, and well before school is out for summer.
Predators on The Internet
Sent in email by a former student, now a Ph.D. Chemist working for IBM.
Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she walked toward home. The thought of being followed made her heart beat faster. "You're being silly," she told herself, "no one is following you.", "God please get me home safe." She saw the porch light burning and ran the rest of the way to her house. Once inside she checked the outside and the sidewalk was empty.
After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:
ByAngel213: Hi I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!
GoTo123: You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you? Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?
ByAngel213: Of course I do. I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.
GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?
ByAngel213: Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.
GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?
ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!
GoTo123: That's great! Who did you play?
ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees.
GoTo123: What is your team called?
ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.
GoTo123: Did you pitch?
ByAngel213: No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye
GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye
Meanwhile ... GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.
Her name: Shannon; Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985; Age: 13; State where she lived: North Carolina; Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.
Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the seventh grade at the Canton Junior High School. She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line. He had enough information to find her now.
Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ball park that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.
By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her. Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the fear she had felt.
After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back.
He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her. Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.
Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.
Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room. "Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa. "Sit down," her father began, "This man has just told us a most interesting story about you." Shannon moved cautiously to a chair across from the man. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!
"Do you know who I am Shannon?" The man asked. "No," Shannon answered. "I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123." Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14 and he lives in Michigan!"
The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see Shannon there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to find kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to give out too much information to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. Your name, the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."
Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan?" He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?" She nodded. "I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again." "I won't," Shannon promised solemnly. "Will you tell others about this so they will be safe too?" "It's a promise!"
Email Accounts: An Important Issue
The communications portion of Blackboard includes a student roster and your ability to send email to one another through Blackboard. This means that every student can send e-mail to every other person who participates in our course. The software knows how to do this because of the personal information you entered. Everyone will be able to see the login name and email address for everyone else. Your personal address shows up now every time you post to the forum. This feature includes a rollbook among the student tools.
It is a good idea to maintain confidentiality regarding a person’s ISP main email address. Maintaining confidentiality of the main address can be accomplished in two ways that I know about.
The first is very basic and easy to accomplish with some ISP’s. This method involves setting up an alias account. If you don’t know how to do this, call your ISP’s customer support and have them talk you through it. Some ISP’s allow up to seven email addresses. If you encounter problems with a flood of spam at your email alias, you can always drop the alias address and create another one.
The second is quite easy too. This involves establishing a web based email account. There are several places on the internet where one can establish such an account. Before you do this, it is a good idea to read their terms and conditions to be sure you can live with them. Creating an account actually involves entering into a legal agreement. Be sure you discuss this with your parents before you do it and ensure that you have their blessings to create the account. These sites can offer the free service because advertising supports them, just as major network TV is free to us because an advertiser sponsors every segment.
Some of the free web based email services are listed below. If you know of others, please let your instructor know.
http://www.hotmail.com (nice features)
http://www.lycos.com (not familiar with their email)
http://www.altavista.com (not familiar with their email)
http://www.yahoo.com (some really nice features)
http://home.crosswinds.net (also provides free, unlimited webspace, but doesn’t support Frontpage)
http://www.netaddress.com (not familiar with their email)
http://www.mail.com (cool addresses
Bb Website Conditions of Use
Internet Help Site for Mr. Gimbel’s Chemistry Students at West Shore Junior/Senior High School
In an effort to use technology effectively, one or more websites have been established specifically for my chemistry students. At this site, students can get help, share information and exchange computer application files. Messages from the instructor are posted on the home page, assignments, and course documents can be accessed from a button at the home page. Students can communicate at a discussion board, a chat, and via email using a directory at this site. Second year chemistry students have access to at least two password protected sites: The Chemistry I site and the Chemistry II site.
Students are bound to have questions and may be stumped by some things. Students can go to this web site and post questions. Other students, who have excellent grade averages, including second year chemistry students, have volunteered to visit the site periodically and post answers to the questions.
This is a closed site, and only approved students may enter the site. There appears to be a good security system. Every post you make can be traced back to you. Guard your password carefully, and never let someone else access your account. When using a public computer, be certain to logout and to avoid allowing the operating system to save your password.
Before you gain access to this site you need to understand these things, and your parents must be informed and consent to your participation. You may withdraw at any time you wish. Before you use the Internet, you and your parents should read Predators on the Internet as well as Email Accounts – An Important Issue, both are available from your teacher. Since your email address will be displayed in a Student Roster at the site, it is important that you read the documents described in this paragraph.
CODE OF CONDUCT: This site was set up for you to interact with other students during hours that are not a part of the school day. It is for helping one another. Your permission to participate is predicated on your understanding of the fact that, while at this site what you type or present in any way must be consistent with the school rules for acceptable conduct. If what you type at this site would be considered a violation of acceptable conduct if written or spoken at school, then it is equally considered a violation of acceptable conduct at the internet site, and subject to the same disciplinary action. In addition, a breach of acceptable conduct will result in revocation of further access. You must understand and agree to the principle that this code of conduct does not begin or end with the school year; rather it remains in perpetuity as long as your account is active.
THE INTERNET SITE: This site at Bb is only subject to limited display and features control by your teacher. If an intruder enters this site by any means, you must leave the site immediately and report the incident to your teacher. You must not reply to a person who fits this profile. You must avoid providing any personal information including, but not limited to, phone number, address, place and/or times where you may meet others, or any information which may provide a clue to an unwelcome person. If you wish to schedule a meeting with others, do this by telephone or private email.
REQUIRED READING BY PARENT AND STUDENT: To expedite the process, the documents Predators on The Internet as well as Email Accounts – An Important Issue may be accessed through the instructor’s non-interactive site that is not password protected. The web addresses are available from your instructor.
ACCESS TO THE Bb SITE: After your application has been received and accepted by your teacher, you may go to http://www.blackboard.com/courses/20033504 and click the (underlined) link that says, “I would like to enroll in the course.” Then, the Bb application will appear. You may select any username you choose, as long as it meets the standard of appropriate conduct. When you apply in this manner, your instructor will receive a message from Bb asking whether they should approve or deny your access. Provided your instructor does not have reason to do otherwise, he will approve your access. After the instructor’s approval, Bb will send you an email notifying you that you may access the course site.
TECHNICAL PROBLEMS REGARDING ACCESS – learned the hard way: Be certain to write down your password. Cookies must be enabled. Your security setting must be no greater than “Medium.”