At the end of another week, as I reflect on some of the work we did with students, it is evident that we need to constantly remind our students about the importance of behaving appropriately when they are in the digital world. Whether it is on their preferred social media sites, sharing information in a class space or looking for information and/or images when conducting some research. Students and some of the teachers really don’t fully understand that everything you say and do online can have an impact on your reputation. This is the case even if something happened a long time ago or you think that you deleted it. The internet is a huge collection of facts and details. Most people would not consider just how much information on you can be found and then the impact that it may have on how you are perceived as a person. There have been a few infographics and a video that I have collected this week. I had some earlier ones up when a colleague came into the library for some information. She saw them and thought they would be really useful to have as she works with a youth group. She had planned to have some sessions about internet safety and bullying but after our talk thought that they should do a number of things around the issue of good digital citizenship. Many people and groups are putting out things to assist people like me to make my students more aware. Below is an infographic from Knowthenet. They maintain a site about all sorts with simple advice, infographics such as the one below and links to other good sites.
The second thing I am sharing is a short video created by some young people to try to explain about how your digital footprint can be damaged by a silly mistake made many years earlier. It is a video that the boys here would laugh at but it would be a good way to get a conversation started.
Thirdly, the video below is aimed at making users more aware of the different ways they can improve their personal information security