Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Digital Citizenship - Protecting Your Privacy

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Throughout the school year we have provided students and parents with digital citizenship strategies. This month we will be focusing on "Protecting Your Privacy".
Protecting your privacy is critical for all users. Even our youngest students need to be taught about internet privacy and what information should or should not be shared online. During the month we will be sharing information about safe password practice as well as privacy settings in online environment.

While we are sharing these reminders to students, many adults can benefit from them as well. Please review the following tips that will be shared with our students.
  • Make your passwords eight or more characters, using combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. (These are harder to crack than regular words because there are more combinations to try.)
  • Don't include any private-identity information in your password. (People may easily guess passwords that include your name, address, birth date, and so on.)
  • Change your password at least every six months. (This way, even if someone does guess your password, they won't be able to get into your account for long.)
  • Don't share your password with your friends. (Even if you trust them, they might unintentionally do something that puts you or your information at risk.)
  • Pick a username that doesn’t include any personal information. (Think about the impression that a screen name can make.)
  • Don’t save your passwords in your browser, especially if you are using a shared computer. (While this is convenient, it can open yourself up to having your password compromised)
  • Don’t publish any identifying information about yourself. (This can include things like: phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address, birthday or full name.)
  • Never share any personal information, including credit card information and social security numbers online. 
  • Use privacy settings to control who sees personal posts, blogs, photos, videos and profiles. 
Your administrators will be sharing information with staff and/or students regarding our monthly topics. Please make sure you are also doing your part by sharing the following age appropriate videos with your students.  While some of the videos will be included in student emails there are several great resources to reinforce these topics in your homerooms or class meetings.

Check out the classroom resources below and plan to use them with your students sometime this month.


Follow the Digital Trail (K-2)
Netsmartz - Know the Rules(K-2) Know the Rules Pledge (K-2)
Netsmartz Password Rap (3-5)

Staying Safe and Secure in a Digital World (4-5) Included in email to students
Wild About Safety (K-5) Short music video with Pumba and Timon

Middle/High School
Profile Penalty (6-8) Short, 2:47, animated video.
Post to be Private (6-8) Short, 1:13, animated video.

Dos and Don’ts when using Social Media (7-12) Included in email to students

6 Degrees of Information (7-12) *Great to show during homerooms
Abba’s Story- Pride in your Digital Footprint (9-12) Discussion Guide

Digital Footprint - (9-12)