• Online Safety and Security

    How much time do you spend online? Whether you use a computer, tablet, smartphone, or gaming system, chances are you spend a lot of time communicating online. How can you be sure the information you are sharing is secure online?


    "Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online." YouTube. Watchwellcast, 19 Apr. 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.

    Unfortunately, not everyone on the net has your best interests in mind.  Here are some examples of common scams that you might encounter while online.


    "Fraud Prevention Videos." Government of Canada, Industry Canada, Office of the Deputy Minister, Competition Bureau Canada.

    Government of Canada, 06 Mar. 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.

    Explanation of common online threats and how to avoid them:  

    One easy way to protect your information online is to use strong passwords.

    The following video explains the importance of strong passwords and how to create them:


     "Secure Passwords."  Online video clip. Commoncraft. Common Craft LLC, 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.

    Permission granted with license to HCS.

    How strong are your passwords? You can test them here.


    Don’t Share it with ANYONE and change it every six months!

    NOTE: Remember to keep your personal accounts and school accounts separate! One way to avoid accidentally sharing private information and potentially embarrassing personal information is to keep separate accounts for school use and personal use. You have been issued a Google account by Horry County Schools. Use this account only for official school business, such as emailing your teachers, saving your school work, and working on class projects. Use your personal account to email friends, upload your photos, store music, sign up for social sites etc.  This will help you avoid getting viruses and spam mail in your school account and sharing that embarrassing photo in your personal account with the entire class.

    Protect Your Devices

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    How much of your information is stored on your phone, tablet and other devices? Watch the following video and think of all the information a stranger might have access to if you lost your device.

    Paddison, Matt, and Julian Figueroa. "Your Phone Is Your Everything." Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Online video clip.
    Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 June 2014.

    Remember to lock your device and personal accounts when not in use and make sure your passwords

    are strong.  Otherwise, anyone who finds your device will have access to your personal files and any information

    that may be stored on it.

    You will also want to protect your device from getting a harmful virus or other threat.


    "Computer Viruses and Threats." Online video clip.  Commoncraft. Common Craft LLC, 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.

    Permission granted with license to HCS.

    Be extremely careful when using social media not to share any information that could help someone

    find where you live, work, or go to school!

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    Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can be fun and safe if you use them properly. However, there may be a time when you are no longer interested in using a social media site you have joined. When you stop using a social media site, you should delete your account and remove any personal information you have posted. However, this is not always easy to do.

    Justdelete.me is a website designed to help you delete your social media accounts and clear the information they store.