Think Twice: Kids’ Online Privacy and Digital Footprints

Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 1.42.53 PMDuring the holiday season, kids are always getting new devices, but are they learning how to manage their online privacy? From the moment students start sharing information on the Internet and through digital devices, they are building digital footprints. If your students were to “Google” themselves, what would they find? Each time kids fill out a profile, comment on social networks, post a video, or text a picture of themselves to friends, they reveal themselves to the world. Decisions to post something not-so-smart can haunt kids years later.  The good news is, students can learn about their online privacy, how to think before they self-reveal, and build positive digital footprints they’re proud of.   In the Digital Citizenship community’s most recent webinar, K-12 Instructional Technology Coach Lisa Highfill, discussed kids’ online privacy and digital footprints. She shared practical examples from her district on the successes and challenges with kids’ online privacy. Understanding how to protect online privacy goes beyond knowing how to customize privacy settings. These settings aren’t a fix-all in a world where anything posted can be copied, pasted, taken out of context, and posted online in a heartbeat. View the webinar to learn how you can help educate your students on their digital footprints.

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Digital Citizenship is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and discussions about how to help kids be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world.  This community will help you stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues on issues such as: cyberbullying, privacy, digital footprints, copyright and plagiarism, information literacy, and Internet safety.

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