Copyright and safety

When using wikis it is important students understand copyright legislations. Some websites do not allow any copying, others do allow, and other come under a creative commons license. Before introducing a wiki explain this to students. No cutting and pasting without attribution is allowed and ideas used should be referenced. No more than 10 percent of wiki content can be from other sources even if referenced (copyright act, 1968). This comes under copyright law. All images, podcasts and videos must be referenced. Any material used to make videos and creative media must also be referenced. Students must be aware of correct referencing styles and practice in citing sources.
Wikis should have a policy regarding conduct (Wired kids, n.d). Offense and abusive language is not acceptable. Neither is manipulation and vandalism of wiki content. The teacher should make this very clear. Students must know appropriate web behaviour regarding privacy and use of programs and software. Anything unsafe or from uncertified sources will not be allowed in the wiki and neither will students be allowed to use the wiki to vandalise other sites and programs. Anything uploaded that is completed by students must have the permission of parents or if the students are over eighteen the permission of the student using a consent form (The State of Queensland Department of Education and Training, 2002).
Before setting up a wiki teachers must gain parents permission (The State of Queensland Department of Education and Training, 2002). It is much safer to use a private wiki but doing so will limit interaction outside of school, which is another issue to consider. Allowing anyone to visit the wiki is a risk. Teachers should be aware of issues regarding net safety and stranger danger online. No images of children, personal details or names will be uploaded. Allowing parents and other community members will make a public wiki safer and make parents more accepting of the idea (Moodle, 2011). As well as being aware of strangers online children should be made aware of dangerous sites that promote pornography (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d). Dangerous sites can also include softwares and viruses that may harm the computer. If children are made aware and educated in this complications are less likely to occur.