Protecting your Digital Footprint

Streaming Videos

Think b4 u Post: Your Reputation and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

Streaming video, Intermediate - College/Adult, 00:21:31, Cambridge Educational, 2011

A person normally wouldn't shout out the details of a secret hookup or give a credit card to a total stranger and say "Max it out for me." Yet as this video playfully points out, in effect that's what people do when they post indiscreetly on social networking sites or are duped by phishing scams. Think b4 u Post uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites. On the "reputation" side, viewers are advised to keep their postings positive, remember that "intended readers" (friends) are only a subset of "actual readers" (friends, teachers, prospective employers. . . ), and more. And on the "privacy" side, viewers are made aware of the consequences of cyberbullying and defamation as well as steps they can take to safeguard their personal information and avoid online/offline predators. Data mining is also discussed. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online.

Finding the Cause of Digital Problems

Streaming Video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:15:17, IROC2, 2012

Richard Guerry introduces a number of concerns about privacy in the digital age and establishes the base fact that anything you post online has the chance of becoming permanent. To combat this he advises a greater awareness of the potential consequences of using digital tools. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech | Off Book

Streaming video, Senior High, 00:06:57, 2013, PBS

The internet is a powerful tool for communication, but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.

Stop Bullying…Take a Stand

Streaming video, Junior High - College/Adult, 00:04:06, 2005, PBS

This solution-oriented video clip presents a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to preventing bullying. It also provides help and advice to victims, parents and bystanders. Research from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Bullying Campaign shows that up to 25% of U.S. students are bullied each year. Now, the growing trend of cyberbullying comes into the home via computers. At least 1 out of 3 teens say they have been seriously threatened online, and 60% of teens say they have participated in online bullying.

The Rise of Social Networking

Streaming Video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:01:42, FRONTLINE (PBS), 2009

If you use online social networks, you're not alone. In this video from FRONTLINE: "digital nation," teens talk about how they connect with friends online through sites like Facebook and MySpace, and what kind of information they share.


Better Ways to Communicate (Against Bullying Series 3) (021719)


The management of bullying by individuals and institutions has progressed a long way from the days of denial, three to four decades ago. Modern society places greater importance on positive relationships and there is a far greater awareness of the destructiveness of bullying. This program aims to strengthen viewers awareness of some effective techniques they can use to protect themselves from destructive attempts at intimidation. This documentary also explores how all of us are vulnerable both to the attacks of another person, and to the temptation of bullying people we know. More recent developments in cyber-bullying, and its pernicious effects caused by anonymity and relentless, un-sourced messages, are also effectively explored.

DIGITAL SMARTS: Protecting Your Online Reputation and Safety (022683)

DVD, JS, 19 min., HRM, 2013

Cyber reputation, security and safety have become important topics for students to understand and master. This engaging video program encourages students to think critically about the opportunities and risks provided by their many digital devices. Real-life dangers from predators, spammers and identity thieves are revealed through teen interviews and accounts from experts in cyber security and safety. Students learn why it is important to choose passwords that are hard to guess and why they should not share their passwords with others. Students are challenged to think about ways that digital technology can be used to enhance or damage their reputations. Teens talk about how compromising photos and other postings online became part of their permanent digital footprint. The video provides specific advice about how to protect students’ privacy, security and online reputations.

Me and My 500 "FRIENDS" : Staying Safe On Social Networks (022340)

DVD, JS, 20 min., HRM, 2011

This timely program provides teens with an essential safety primer on using social networks such as Facebook. Through interviews with experts and real-life young people, teens learn that social networks can be a useful tool for communication and connection, but also pose significant risks. Experts discuss how harmful rumors can be spread quickly as well as the danger of cyber-bullying, or harassment that occurs through the internet, cell phones, and other technology. The risks of "sexting" or posting sexually explicit images or materials online, are also covered. Viewers see how "phishers" and identity thieves can glean private information from what you post on social profiles; finally, the risk of encountering sexual predators is emphasized. The program provides important, easy-to-follow rules for keeping information-and oneself-safe while using social networks.

The Dangers of Texting and Sexting (What kind of message are you sending?) (021748)

DVD, IJ, 14 min., MAZZARELLA MEDIA, 2011

Cell phones, mobile email devices and handheld computers provide students with the ability to send and receive messages within seconds. Dramatic scenarios will help students to understand the positive and negative sides of this new technology. Viewers will cover the basics on the do's and don'ts of texting and sexting. The program demonstrates the consequences of using this technology if you don't think ahead before you hit send.