Lisa Highfill, the K-12 Instructional Technology Coach for the Pleasanton Unified School District
It’s that time of year….the holidays. Kids are 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.
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. 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 our community’s next webinar, K-12 Instructional Technology Coach Lisa Highfill, will discuss kids’ online privacy and digital footprints. She will share examples from her district on the successes and challenges with kids’ online privacy. Join us on December 11 for practical tips on how to teach students about digital footprints.
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