Digital Security.

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October 13, 2014 by ztheb

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The development of digital devices has created a constant change to how we live. This continuous development means that our world is one individuals need to be able to consistently adapt to and keep up-to-date with.

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(wplift, 2014)

Students are on one or more of these apps, sites and social media forums almost every day. Many parents struggle to understand these sites, or even know themselves how to set the privacy settings. So, who is responsible for showing and teaching children these privacy aspects?

Programs that run on any digital device are constantly changing their terms and conditions, and hiding or complicating privacy settings. To be safe in the digital world, and still take part in it, individuals need to keep up-to-date with changes, as well as learn how to check and understand changing privacy settings, and what they mean.

The use of technology in education has grown significantly over the past few years, and because of this, I believe it is also a requirement as a teacher to know and teach how to use technology safely. This way, children can grow up with knowledge that allows them to have control of what they are doing on the internet, realise possible repercussions of choices, and have the power to control what their digital identity and ‘trail’ says about them.

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 3.32.31 pm – Facebook has a mean reputation. It constantly hides and changes privacy settings, so users constantly need to update and re-choose their choice of privacy on their account. Further information can be found at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/facebook-privacy-issues/

Information that Facebook provides on this issue can be found at:

www.facebook.com/about/basics

Great links that can be used to help teach children about internet safety and security can be found at:

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http://www.cybersmart.gov.au

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Brain Pop Jr has great resources, including lesson ideas, videos, online activities and games, aimed at keeping children safe online: http://www.brainpopjr.com/artsandtechnology/technology/internetsafety/

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A great sight run my Microsoft regarding how to manage your online reputation and digital identity can be found at:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/reputation.aspx

Family safety information:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/default.aspx

Other links on how to keep children safe online –

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http://www.ikeepsafe.org/parents/

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http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/family-safety/children-personal-data

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http://www.districtadministration.com/article/cybersafety-classroom

The digital world can be safe; we just need to make sure we learn how. I feel it is important as a teacher to constantly remind and update students with information on Digital Security, especially since digital technology is used during school times.

Reference List

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagoogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Australia, Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

skepchick. (2014). Facebook unethical research project [Image]. Retrieved from http://skepchick.org/2014/06/facebooks-unethical-research-project/

wplift. (2014). Freebie: Icons [Image]. Retrieved from http://wplift.com/freebie-70-32px-custom-social-media-website-icons

inmotionHosting. (2013). Digitial Security: Keeping your website safe [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.inmotionhosting.com/blog/digital-security-keeping-your-website-safe/

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