In this brave new digital world, where nearly anything can be instantly accessed, what can you do to ensure you are connecting safely and protecting your privacy?
Here are just a few things you can do about it.
- Think Before You Post
- Be Aware that on the Internet, “Free” Still Comes with a Price
- Clean up your Digital Footprint
- Seek out Resources and Continue to Educate Yourself
Speaking of resources, the following playlist, titled Protect, was created by @teachwatts and centers around privacy and internet safety.
Have a look, below.
Adopting the Mindset & Maintaining Personal Protection
In addition to students and teachers maintain a healthy level of digital safety awareness it’s important for the parents to fully understand the complexities of today’s digital age. After flipping through the COETAIL Course 2 Flipboard, I came across two articles that unraveled misconceptions and myths about internet safety, particularly on social media. The first article, What Social Media and the selfie Generation did to my teenage daughter, written by Candice Curry, provides the perspective of a concerned parent who comes to realize some of the benefits of sharing, once one assumes positive intent. The article, as well as the mother’s change in attitude towards social media, is surmised with this phrase, “These are good kids doing their best to navigate through a world that has instant access to everything and every event the moment it happens.”
She’s right, too.
I honestly couldn’t imagine what it must be like growing up as an impressionable teenager with the looming presence of social media around 24/7.
The second article breaks down myths about kids internet safety and once again showcases that the positives outweigh the negatives, once one is educated enough to take the proper precautions. Once teachers and parents are educated than the misconceptions can start to unravel. Changing one’s attitude about students on social media is just the beginning, and dare I say only half the battle. Once the perception is changed the level of awareness towards one online safety should be reviewed and scrutinized often.
What I mean is that maintaining personal protection is a mindset and teachers need to adopt, model, and instill this paradigm shift into their own teaching and learning within their classroom. Parents do too. This communal effort that brings about positive consistency, knowledge, and strategies, will help our children as they navigate their own digital journey. The following ISTE standard for educators lays it out in a clear and concise way, while at the same time promoting the critical thinking skills needed in order to embrace the mindset of digital safety and security.
We must remember that this mindset, like technology, will grow, change and require constant upkeep. As potential digital threats such as hacking, phishing, identity theft, and ransomware continue to evolve, so should our critical thinking skills and level of awareness. One might feel overwhelmed by this notion but if we continue to share and look out for each other like the article about Social Media describes, then we will be about to protect each other from the potential pitfalls out there on the web. We should assume positive intent and take a communal approach to being vigilant and looking out for another so that we are educated and equipped to step confidently and connect safely in the digital world.
— Nick Garvin (@NicholasKGarvin) November 12, 2017
With Great Data Comes Great Responsibility
Is self-selecting into Big Data unavoidable? The article from the Guardian, When Data gets creepy, is heavy albeit a must-read for those wondering about the responsibility, or lack thereof, that internet companies have with the handling of our personal information. When it comes to maintaining that healthy awareness of one’s privacy and responsible use, we must not lose focus on those who create the “Terms and Conditions” in which we self-select into. How do we as educators seek transparency from these big data companies so that we can ensure that they too act ethically, responsibly, and follow their own acceptable use policies?