Digital Citizenship Guidelines and Academic Honesty

Synchronous Interaction Etiquette for Students 

Punctuality is especially important for synchronous interaction as we are working in the absence of normal checks to ensure that everyone can start classes on time. Students will need to be extra responsible to schedule their day effectively. 

In the case of a video conference and the use of a camera, students are not required to wear the school uniform. However, they are expected to dress in an appropriate and modest way and avoid any unnecessary distraction. 

As much as possible students should try to make sure that nothing from their location becomes a distraction to others in the class during the synchronous interaction. 

When applicable, it is very important to have the video camera on during the lesson should the technology and the internet connection permits, so that teachers can take attendance and know who participates in class. Joining the lesson muted is also important in order to avoid unavoidable background noise. If it is impossible to find a quiet place, participants should be muted for the whole time, except when called on, and let their teachers know by a private chat message what the situation is. 

Giving eye contact to the screen is a good way for students to show the teachers that they are attending, unless of course they are taking notes. In many cases it will be beneficial for students to be able to jot down a note on the instructions the teacher is giving. 

Even though not physically at school, students have the exact same responsibilities in terms of schoolwork and keeping up with deadlines. It is important to adopt a mindset that will allow to put in a solid day’s work on school and learning each dayLittle breaks and micro-goals can also ensure keeping up the motivation. 

Digital Citizenship


Digital citizenship refers to responsible technology usage. Teaching digital citizenship equips students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to succeed as lifetime learners. This also helps them learn to engage within a digital environment with responsibility and confidence to develop as leaders who will leave meaningful impacts in the lives of others.

We highly emphasize the appropriate use of technology to all our students during their course of study in SSIS. For more details, please refer to the SSIS Parent Handbook page 37&38 to view SSIS Technology Use Agreement.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching and learning. Collaboration, an open and cooperative behavior, is defined as working together to obtain information for a common goal while collusion is an act where someone else’s work is copied.

Students should learn to appreciate the merits of academic honesty and be fully aware of the consequences of dishonest behaviour. Failing to observe the standard academic practice of acknowledging the work of others will lead to consequences of malpractice.

Please refer to SSIS student handbook for more details.