Welcome to Indiana Digital Citizenship Week! Each day this week we will be celebrating by exploring a different topic related to being our best selves in the digital world. Each of these five posts will include a brief discussion of the day’s topic as well as action steps you can take to be a digital hero.
Day 1 – Digital Safety
In the digital world, just like in the physical world, we need to take precautions to make sure that we are safe. This includes protecting our physical selves, our identities, our personal information, and our digital property.
Making sure that we don’t expose our information to attack requires that we take simple defensive steps such as using good passwords, being on guard against hacking, monitoring our privacy settings for the online tools we use, and being cautious not to share too much of our personal information online.
Here are some resources to learn more about this topic:
- Staying Safe Online (List)
- Clean Up Your Digital Footprint (List)
- How Can You Stay Safe on the Internet (Article)
- Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online (Video)
- Dos and Don’ts when using social networks (Video)
- 5 Social Media Rules for Tweens and Teens (Video)
- What is Personal Information (Video)
Here are 5 actions that you can take today:
- If you have shared your passwords with anyone besides your parents, change them to a new secure password.
- Review your social media’s privacy settings. Set them to the most secure settings.
- Find out how to recognize phishing attacks.
- Learn about the risks of Geo-location. Turn off geolocation on your apps and camera.
- Work with a friend to find out what information exists online about you, and remove anything that you wouldn’t want a stranger to know/see.
Discussion Starters to Use with Your Friends:
- What are your rules for what you choose to share online?
- How do you make sure that you are keeping your information safe online?
- Why is it important to keep your information private?
- How do you determine who to trust online?
- How do you recognize an online scam or hacking attack?
- How can we work together to make sure that everyone is safe online?