Stay safe and enjoy living in a digital world...
This course is designed for students ages 13-18 to learn how to use the Internet safely. It supplies common sense tips for staying safe while using a wide range of network based tools.
IT'S OKAY TO UNPLUG SOMETIMES. REALLY.
It's important to remember to pay more attention to the people you're with rather than the people posting status updates or texting you from afar. Being present makes you a better friend.
You're not missing out
It's easy to feel like you're missing out on something big if you're out of touch for a few hours, but make a habit of setting a time everyday to just unplug and not be constantly available for digital contact. Let your friends know you'll be back in an while, and use the time to focus on something like spending time with a friend, reading, or something else you like to do. Then, when you go back to your phone, you'll get to catch up on just the most interesting stuff you might have missed.
Create a Positive Digital Footprint
Internet Safety, Net Etiquette, Phishing Scams and more...
Social Networking - Facebook, Twitter, and more...
Many social networking sites require that children be at least 13 years old to join. This is because of the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook and NING require users to be 13 or older.
- Think before you post.
- Keep your personal information private.
- Only add friends you know in real life.
- Set your profile and blog to private.
- Use a nickname that doesn’t identify your location, gender, or age.
- Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.
- Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.
- Alter your pictures and videos before you post them to remove identifying information.
- Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list.
- Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site.Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post.
- Never post sexually provocative photos.
"Technology does not make bullies. It just makes them more productive."
"Help stop cyberbullying. Researchers say that bullying usually stops pretty quickly when peers intervene on behalf of the victim. One way to help stop bullying online is to report it."
-- Net Cetera - Chatting with kids about being online...
Predators - People who want to hurt you...
Most of the people in your life would never hurt you. If you use the Internet, you may be at risk though. There are people out there who could hurt you and if you're not safe, they can find you through the Internet.
Cell Phone Issues - Sexting, images, abuse...
“The desire for risk-taking and sexual exploration
during the teenage years combined with a constant
connection via mobile devices creates a ‘perfect storm’
for sexting. Teenagers have always grappled with issues
around sex and relationships, but their coming-of-age
mistakes and transgressions have never been so easily
transmitted and archived for others to see.”
-- Amanda Lenhart, 2009 PEW Study: Teens and Texting
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