Through my Google Classes online I have learned some great tips I’d LOVE to share with you about how to keep students safe while spending time in the online world both in and out of the classroom.
Our job as teachers has extended far beyond the old principle of the 3R’s that its a little difficult to understand where our job stops in the 21st Century. With new additions to curriculum and the explosion of technology we need to be aware of some safeguards that can protect us as teachers and our students as learners when it comes to the online world.
I have decided to present this in 2 ways.
A simple listing with brief explanations
How can online users be safe? These ideas are meant to be presented and discussed with students.
Think Before You Click:
How to Be Safe and Responsible Online
1. Know How to Behave Online.
-Who to interact with?
-What to say to online “friends”?
-Post personal pictures? Good or bad?
-What you do online creates your “digital footprint” that can be tracked and seen for years.
1. Do not Respond to Bullies online
2. Do not Retaliate
3. Document it (screen shot, download, etc.)
4. Block Bully online
5. Report ot an Adult
2. Be Respectful to Others
-Don’t say it online if you couldn’t say it in person.
-Only share others’ information/material if you have permission.
-Be polite/show respect/use manners
3. Practice Personal Privacy
-How to keep personal information to a minimum? What information should you give?
-Do not share your passwords with others unless they are your teachers or parents.
4. Password Security
-Make your password strong and one you remember.
-Use at least 8 characters with a mixture of letters/numbers/special characters.
-Maybe replace a letter with a special character.
-Idea: Use first letter of each word in a phrase you like. Example: Mve&JS9P (My Very Earnest Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas-pneumonic device for remembering order of planets.)
5. Verifying Passwords
-Use a 2 step verification system
-Some use text messages that send you a code after you pass the 1st step in the verification.
-Some use predetermined questions such as “Where were you born?” etc.
6. Sharing a Device Security
-Use an incognito window for internet access. It doesn’t keep a history of sites visited. All information is wiped clean when logged out.
A detailed digital presentation that may be used by both teachers and students
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Online Saftey Quick Teacher Tips:
Grades K-2 Teachers:
-When creating passwords for younger students, it makes access for students easier if you select a pattern of keys on the keyboard so students are not searching for letters.
-Make the password easy to type and remember.
-Possibly use the same password for all students in case they need help.
Grades 3 and Up Teachers:
-Students should create and manage their own passwords.
-Teach students how to pick safe yet memorable passwords. (See Step 4 above)
-Keep a list of passwords
-Collect through Google Forms which can in turn turn information into a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
-Teach and Reteach Privacy of passwords. Never share with friends and strangers.
Enjoy your tech-filled literacy classroom!