Parents

Internet Resources

The Internet is an extraordinary tool for gathering and communicating information. At St. Albans we use it to promote our educational mission. However, the Internet has the potential to be misused to the detriment of all. We encourage students to use this valuable resource responsibly. We encourage parents to be aware of their children's use of the Internet. To encourage proper use, the school provides this webpage of technical information and advice.

Social Networking

An online community that is used to meet people with similar interests, share information, and join groups with members having similar ambitions. These communities are usually joined by receiving an invitation from an existing member of the social network. Social networks are usually organized around a specific focus. Shortcut and LinkedIn are for business connections, MySpace for independent music and party scenes, Facebook for college and high school communities.
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Blogging

A blog (short for "web log") is an online journal or diary, generally containing an individual's personal contemplations. Often focused on a specific topic, blogs may address political, business, or science-related issues, among others; personal blogs frequently contain more intimate or individualized material. Access to a blog may be available to the general public, or may require membership to a specific website.
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Internet Safety

Both adults and children run the risk of revealing far too much personal information over the Internet, making them vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, sexual predators, and so on. Many individuals, misled by the supposed anonymity of the Internet, will readily divulge their age and gender, location, bank account numbers, or other such personal information. The Internet offers the uninformed user a false sense of security through anonymity; in reality, the opposite is usually the case, and many users give away a significant amount of personal information, unaware of the risk they incur in doing so.
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Viruses

Computer viruses are programs that infect computers, damaging the computer's software. They are transmitted via email, shared files, and sometimes web pages. Viruses can be prevented, detected, and removed with anti-virus software. For more detailed information, please click here.
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Spyware/Adware 

Spyware/AdwareSpyware and Adware are programs that are surreptitiously installed on a user's computer by a third party, usually via weaknesses in the user's Internet browser (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer). Spyware is software that tracks a user's habits; adware automatically downloads advertising material to the user's computer. Both Spyware and Adware can be removed from a computer with removal software; commercial versions of this software may also help to prevent a computer's infection.
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