Today at our school wide assembly students in grade three to eight learned about what it means to be a positive digital citizen when using social media or other forms of technology (including cell phones). We talked about the impact our words, pictures, thoughts & comments posted online can have on others. We also discussed how our online activity can influence how others feel about us and can impact our reputation. We also discussed the potential harm or impact our online actions can have on others feelings or reputations.
Key messages discussed included:
- set strong passwords and keep them private
- be careful what we write and share (personal information) online
- there is no going back, once we post online we can’t take it back (even if we delete it!)
- we are building our personal profile online – what will others find out about us? Is it positive & respectful? What will our online reputation look like in 10 years time?
- remember to ‘plug out’ daily ~ too much time online can be a problem (limit use)
- THINK before you post!
T– is it true? H-is it helpful? I-is it inspiring? N-is it necessary? K-is it kind?
- what ‘first impression’ are you leaving online ~ is it positive, is it respectful?
- be careful about posting personal thoughts and information online ~ would you leave your diary open in public?
- keep it clean! ~ use appropriate language online
- information overload ~ use a critical lens when searching for information online.
- we all make mistakes but when online they become searchable!