As your teacher and facilitator, it is important to me to remind you of the dangers of the internet. Although I am fully aware that you may be more tech savvy than me, that does not remove the risks present to you while you are online. For your safety and reputation sake, please remember these guidelines:
Never assume that someone is telling the truth. Behind the monitor or screen, it is easy to make false claims of who you are. Contacting and location information should never be shared with a stranger, even if you feel that you have become to know them online. If an individual makes you feel uncomfortable at any time, you should contact a teacher.
Do not post any information on the internet you do not want broadcasted across the world. Furthermore, remember to never post someone else’s information for the same reason. Be aware of software or browser cookies that may inadvertently collect sensitive information from you. Do not use public computer or networks when using financial or other private, personal information.
Any words or actions posted online to intimidate, belittle, or harass an individual is considered cyberbullying. For both the victim and the bully, these behaviors may lead to some serious consequences. Never allow you or someone you know feel that these behaviors are appropriate or “just a joke.” There are many resources available both online and offline for individuals that feel they are a victim of cyberbullying.
Viruses and hacking continue to be a serious concern to internet activity. Remember to always have updated antivirus software installed on your computer. Never open strange emails or attachments, even if they appear to have come from a friend. Do not play games or download software from websites that you can not confirm to be a safe place do so.
Always remember: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Furthermore, be vigilant for websites that appear to be something that they are not. Always confirm that links are directing you to correct websites, and do not share personal or financial information within emails to individuals.
Online Identity and Reputation
As the use of social media continues to grow, it is important to remember that data placed online can be copied, stored, or cached for years, even if it is removed from its original source. Digital footprints are already making a serious impact on decisions regarding college entrance and job hiring. Make sure that all text, images, and videos that you post online reflect you positively and in a manner you would want to be presented to others.
For More Information:
Roblyer, M. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (Seventh ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.