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As per Policy 386 - Employee Use of Network Services and Digital Technologies, and Policy 486 - Student Use of Network Services and Digital Technologies, all staff and students are responsible to model safe and ethical use of electronic and social media communication, including respect for copyright, intellectual property and the appropriate documentation of sources.

Canada’s copyright law changed in 2012

Copyright is an evolving concept especially in the digital age. Canada’s copyright law became clearer and easier for teachers and students to follow in 2012. For example, a provision in the Copyright Act regarding the educational use of the Internet allows students and teachers to use publicly available Internet materials for their learning and educational pursuits without violating copyright.

Copyright in K-12 

Staff members in nonprofit educational institutions may communicate and reproduce, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts from a copyright protected work for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire, and parody.  Any and all uses should mention the source and, if given in the source, the name of the author or creator of the work.

Practical Information on Canada's Copyright Law

The CMEC Copyright Consortium publication, Copyright Matters!, 4th Edition, provides the education community (teachers, students, parents, and administrators) with user-friendly information on copyright law.

They developed an easy-to-use online resource ( that helps teachers decide whether they are within copyright laws to use certain print materials, artistic works, or audiovisual materials without first getting copyright permission.  We recommend you use this tool if you are ever unsure around the legality or potential copyright issues in using, copying, or sharing a certain resource at your school.

  • How come phishing scams “get through” to us?
    The volume is immense: Based on research, a district our size is collectively faced with +40,000 malicious emails in our inboxes every year. Cyber crime industry is huge, and “threat actors” can make big money. Tactics and content change constantly. There’s a delicate “filtering” balance to allow emails in that people need to receive and keep emails out that are fraudulent. Too loose and everything gets through, too restrictive and many external emails you should receive don’t come through at all. The fact is no matter how good your security, a small percentage of phishing emails will always reach your users’ inboxes.
  • How can it impact the district?
    As we’ve seen many times in the news, the damage from phishing threats for organizations can be catastrophic, with many breaches costing millions, harming the organization’s reputation and destroying relationships with stakeholders.
  • How can it impact me?
    In addition to potential damage to the district, individuals are equally if not more likely to experience significant hardship in falling for a phishing scam. If successful, phishing cybersecurity attackers can possibly: - Hijack your usernames and passwords - Steal your money and open credit card and bank accounts in your name - Request new PINs or additional credit cards - Make purchases - Add themselves as an authorized user so it's easier to use your credit - Use and abuse your Social Security number - Sell your information to other parties who will use it for illicit or illegal purposes
  • How do I keep myself safe?
    Learning to detect and avoid clicking on links in phishing scams is the best line of defense for both yourself in your personal life and for your organization. If you aren’t sure, always err on the side of caution. You can also forward the email to our Learning Technology Department Help Desk to confirm ( Note: if you ever do click on a link in a phishing scam, you should be sure to change your current password (that goes for any other sites/applications you might access that use that same password). This is also why we highly recommend you do not use the same password across multiple sites.
  • What about Vishing?
    Vishing is a cybercrime that uses the phone to steal personal confidential information from victims. Often referred to as voice phishing, cybercriminals use savvy social engineering tactics to convince victims to act, giving up private information and access to bank accounts. Some quick tips to protect yourself from a Vishing scam include: - Be cautious anytime anyone calls you and creates a sense of urgency/pressure - Never trust Caller ID (scammers can easier spoof a number to look like it is coming from a legitimate organization) - Never provide personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call (say for example with your bank) - If you believe the phone call is a Vishing scam, simply hang up
  • What about Smishing?
    A form of phishing, smishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them your private information via a text or SMS message. Smishing is becoming an emerging and growing threat in the world of online security. Some quick tips to protect yourself from a Smishing scam include: - Don’t reply to text messages from people you don’t know - Don’t click on links in text messages unless you know the person they’re coming from - Simply delete any text message that you believe is a Smishing scam
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