Many of the parents we meet during our Internet Safety workshops share with us a common concern: They wish they had a better handle on how to make sure their children are using Facebook in ways they will not sooner or later regret. Parents want a complete guide. Their wish has been granted. Connect Safely has posted a 35-page Parent Guide to Facebook.
The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone- and computer-based use of Facebook and the site’s newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.
But if you do not have time to download and read through the complete guide, authors Anne Collier and Larry Magid are also providing you with an “at a glance interactive chart” with their recommended privacy settings. A very concise, informative resource!
What is good cyber citizenship?
Being a good Cyber Citizen means that you use respect and good judgment when interacting with other people online.”
The above definition comes from YouTube’s Safety Center. We appreciate the efforts YouTube has taken to provide guidelines and resources for parents and educators on the safe and ethical use of their amazing site. In addition to guidelines, the YouTube team has recently posted several excellent videos on digital citizenship issues, such as Detecting Lies and Staying True (available also in Spanish):
We also recommend Staying Clear of Cyber Tricks.
If you’re an Elk Grove teacher and have not used our filter override to view YouTube videos, here’s a link to the instructions.
At a time when school councilors are spending countless hours dealing with issues of cyberbullying, including the current rage of Facebook “burn” pages, we thought readers might find the infographic below of interest. From the Schools.com organization, this infographic unveils ways college admission officers are looking at prospective students’ social media accounts.
Courtesy of: Schools.com
We’d love to hear your ideas on how to use this poster. If any of you shared it with students, what were their reactions? Were they surprised by any of the statistics? Did any voice concerns about their own digital footprints?
Like students everywhere, our students are actively texting, posting to blogs, remixing, and uploading photos and videos – sometimes without the realization that once things are posted on the Internet, they can become archived permanently and are searchable by recruiters, future employers and anyone else out there with a computer.
For the past three years, we have been facilitating district-wide Internet Safety workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents. After demonstrating how to “Google yourself,”* we frequently have participants pull us aside or contact us afterwords because they’ve discovered their child has posted either inappropriate information or way too much personal information on the Internet. They want to know how they can help their child remove detrimental material from MySpace, Facebook, and other social networks.
As alarming as it may be to find that your child’s digital footprint has taken a negative turn, there are, fortunately, options for undoing or lessening the damage:
If you have questions about or suggestions for helping our students create and maintain positive digital footprints, please post a comment.
*To google yourself, go to Google at http://www.google.com/. Type in your full name, but in quotes – like this “John Doe.” Then click Google search.