Monday, February 10, 2014

Safe Social Networking

As educators we are frequently reminding students of the dangers that exist online, yet sometimes we adults forget to practice what we preach. So, with each day bringing us closer to spring, perhaps it is time we take a moment to do a little "spring cleaning" of our own social networking and online presence. This month I challenge you to take a closer look at the sites you frequent, the privacy settings you employ and the image you've created for yourself online. 

What can you do to protect yourself? 
  1. Be proactive! Change or update your privacy/ security settings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. 
  2. Change passwords and sign-out of accounts after each use. 
  3. Limit the images you post. 
  4. Proofread your posts. Once you post it, you can't take the words back. 
  5. Think long term. How will I be perceived by those in my family/ neighborhood/ community? 
  6. Google yourself. It is always a good idea to check and see what is associated with your name online.

Finally, use your experience to re-teach your students. Take the opportunity to address way in which students can continue to build positive images of themselves in our digital world! For more information, videos and teaching resources visit the NetSmartz website.

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