Digital Teaching & Learning @PCHS
Privacy and Security
We lock our homes, we lock our cars. Just as we protect our privacy and security at home, we need to protect ourselves online. We tend to be our own worst enemies online by not taking precautions and not protecting our information. You can help yourself and your students by making a few positive steps:
- Only use sites with students that have been vetted for protecting student data.
- Use a strong password, this is a good practice for everyone! Try a combination of letters or numbers; replace letters with special characters; use a sentence instead of a word; try a password generator.
- Don’t include detailed personal information about yourself, like your address and phone number, online.
- Delete inactive accounts.
- Have a separate email for sites that require an email for signup.
Check out these resources:
We’re at a point in time when internet safety isn’t just something talked about in a computer class, but something we need to live every day. Just as we need to drive defensively, we need to act defensively when we spend time online. There is a lot of good to be found on the internet, and with some reasonable precautions we can protect ourselves. Here are some tips:
- Think before you share.
- Protect yourself by managing your online profiles, keeping them private, and limiting the personal information you share.
- Don’t share information with people or business that you don’t know or aren’t sure if their legitimate.
- Don’t login in to your banking or credit card sites on an open, unsecured network.
- Make sure that your personal network is password protected.
- Josh Shipp
- Common Sense Media
- Light, Bright & Polite: How to Use Social Media to Impress Colleges & Future Employers - includes stories of students using social media in good and powerful ways
- Live My Digital: Learning about Digital Living, Together