Craig Bedura (@mrbedura) uses these items to explain digital citizenship to students. Here is a link to his blog post: http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/digital-survival/ Padlock=strong passwords. Talk about adding symbols to passwords.
Toothbrush--would you share? NO, just like you shouldn't share your password. Unless your parents ask, then do it! Likewise, be careful about sharing personal information.
Permanent Markers=just that. Permanent! It's hard to get something off the Internet.
Can you put this toothpaste back in the tube? No, and it's hard to take something back once you post it online.
Seeds=you are "planting" your reputation. Make sure it will be a strong and healthy plant, not one something thinks is poisonous!
It's good to unplug once in a while. Turn off your phone 30 minutes before you go to bed!
What will I find when I Google you? What kind of person will I see?
Learn how to strain out information. Millions of websites--learn how to think critically and evaluate so you use the best ones!
Digital footprints? No. A footprint can wash away. You're creating a digital tattoo. Just ask anyone who used Snapchat thinking the images disappeared!
Once you crumple a paper, it's hard to smooth it out. Same goes for your reputation and your relationships. Make sure what you're posting won't hurt a friend. It's hard to rebuild a friendship after you damage it online.
If your posts and pictures online were reflected back to you, would you like what you see?
Keep it clean! Photos and language you'd want your grandma to see! (I ask who's seen The Christmas Story, and have a student walk us through the results of the "Oh, Fudge" fiasco:)
Everyone makes mistakes. We've all done something we wouldn't want shared online. But your world IS shared online, and can be easily Googled. Try to keep your online mistakes small.
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