A large part of providing our students with technology – whether it be for learning or for personal use – is to ensure that we also teach them how to use that technology responsibly. Teaching that responsibility needs to be a joint venture between the College and parents.
Online behaviour which can have an impact both today and in the future includes:
- Avoiding unwanted contact by keeping your profiles and details private.
- Keeping passwords secret from everyone – your friends may not always be your friends!
- Not posting anything you wouldn’t say or do in person.
- Reposting information or pictures of others without their knowledge or permission.
This list is not exhaustive but is designed to give you an idea of the types of online behaviour that will contribute to a digital footprint which will follow you for the rest of your life.
It is now commonplace for employers to check a job applicant’s digital footprint (google their name, check facebook profiles) before looking at their resume to see if they are a suitable candidate.
Protect Your Digital Reputation
Today’s generation of learners quite will willingly provide information in an online environment which can have lasting implications.
The Australian Government’s cybersmart website, online behaviour or digital reputation is described as:
your behaviour online and the content that you post about yourself and others. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how you are perceived by others online and offline. A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships and relationships as well as your future job prospects. What happens online can permanently affect you in the real world – so protect your digital reputation. (2013)
Things to remember when online:
- You have no control over the information once it is posted
- Keep an eye out for information others may be posting about you
- Make sure all your social profiles are private – check these settings regularly as they may change with updates
- Your online information is there forever – anyone in your future can access that, even potential employers or partners
Location services is a feature of mobile devices that adds location information to photos. It can also be used on some social networking sites such as Facebook to identify where you are. Be aware that other people can access this information if you have location services enabled.
Reasons people may want to track you:
- To spy, stalk or know where you are to enact criminal activities such as theft
- Photos taken using a GPS enabled device keeps a record of where the photo was taken
- If a message is sent sharing your location, anyone connected to your account will know your location
- Location information is permanent and searchable
How to use location services safely:
- Always check the settings that use your location
- Turn off the feature on social networking accounts
- Disable location services altogether and only turn them on when needed eg using maps for directions
Check out the Online Safety Web Links page Click Here