Bits and Bytes

December 2018: Digital Wellness for SCPS Students

Private Today, Public Tomorrow

Take a look at the following article and consider how the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is fitting. Do you agree or disagree with the school’s decision here? What can you learn from this woman’s story? Consider how changing the caption underneath this photo could dramatically change the perception of what is going on.
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You may already consider the effects and potential consequences of what you post on social media and how much you reveal about yourself, but do you stop to consider doing the same for others? For example, a photo you post with your friends might be fine with three of them, while one may have a problem with it. A caption you post might make someone in the photo uncomfortable or land them in trouble. Maybe a comment you post underneath one of their photos is not something they might be comfortable being added. Have you ever been represented on social media by your friends in a way that you don’t like? Consider what bothered you about that event before you post information about your friends. The following Decision Tree poster below from Common Sense Media offers good questions to ask yourself before you post a photo of your friends on social media.
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Results from Last Month’s Survey, “Are You A Snubber?”

  • 75% of our readers have been out to eat with family and friends and looked at their phone at least once throughout the meal.
  • 75% of our readers have looked at their phone when in a conversation with another person.
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Video: What Comes Up When You Google Yourself?

Your digital reputation is so important. Have you ever Googled yourself? Try it and see what might be part of your digital reputation.

Pride in Your Digital Footprint

Take a look at the following video from Common Sense Media and consider the image you are presenting of yourself online. If a college/university or potential employer were looking at your social media profile(s), would they like what they see? Abba explains how, while many of his friends are changing their names on social media in order to hide their profiles, he considers his as a point of pride and hopes that colleges/universities see him as a family person and very involved.
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Google Drive

Google Drive is where all of your files are stored from Docs, Classroom, and when someone shares resources with you. Your account has unlimited storage for Drive, meaning that you cannot fill it up. While personal Google accounts have a set storage limit of 15 GB, your G Suite for Education account does not have a limit.

Drive is also where you can begin to create projects using Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings, and Sites and even share them with others using just their e-mail address. You can even upload files from your device to Google Drive. To begin, select the +New button in Drive. Drive is also available as a free app download from your device’s application store. All you need to do to access your files is to ensure you are signed in with your account.