Living in a digital world can be difficult for students today. There is a lot to deal with online - cyberbullies, privacy settings, ID theft, sexting, social media, and plagiarism. Below you will find resources to help you navigate the digital world and protect yourself, your reputation, and your personal information while using the Internet and apps.
Teen Voices: Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint (Tattoo)
Many middle schoolers are already posting and sharing information about themselves -- and others -- on social media. But in a world where oversharing might seem like the norm, it’s important for kids to think about their digital footprints. In this video, your students can hear what other teens have to say about sharing on social media, then think critically about the decisions they’re making any time they post something online. (Commonsense.org)
Are You a Digital Citizen?
Are you using the Internet and Apps safely and responsibly? Use the following checklist to be sure you are:
- I do not do anything that hurts others or is illegal.
- I do not give out any personal information such as phone number, email, address without my parents’ permission.
- I never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents.
- I don't respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. Instead, I tell my parent or teacher.
- I always talk with my parents before posting pictures of myself or my family online to be sure it is appropriate.
- I only share my passwords with my parents and NO ONE else.
- I always check with my parents before downloading or installing anything on your computer or mobile device so we protect our privacy.
- I never open an email or message from a stranger as it may contain a virus that could harm your computer or mobile device
Worried about Fake News?
News and research resources to fuel student inquiry. Explore this Most Reliable and Credible Sources for Students Top Picks list of 28 tools curated by Common Sense Education editors to find relevant and engaging edtech solutions for your classroom.
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