Digital Citizenship on The Go – Downloading Apps and Using Public WiFi
Skill #3 & #4 – Downloading apps and using public Wi-Fi are two ways that kids may unknowingly share information while online.
Even though most of us work with kids within the safety of a secured educational network, kids will need to know that when they are away from school and using a mobile device on a public network, there are safety practices they need to be aware of. I cannot say that I am always great at the public wi-fi protocols. There is certainly room for improvement on my part! A huge benefit to teaching these skills to my kids,…I need to be reminded as well.
Skill #3 ~ Downloading Apps Safely On Any Device:
*Students should only download apps from trusted resources like Google Play or iTunes. Unapproved downloads may have the ability to collect information from your device that you do not want to share.
*Read the reviews of the game to see if other users have had problems or if they are pleased with the game.
*You may need to restart your device or update an app or game to allow it to be updated.
Skill #4 ~ Using Public Wi-Fi:
If you are using a public Wi-Fi, like at the library, coffee shop or hotel, you will not want to enter any private information like a login or make a purchase on your device while in that network since it is easy for someone to access your information within a public wi-fi network.
Just in case you missed my previous Digital Citizenship posts-
Google’s 2:45 min. Video on Staying Safe on Mobile Devices
At the end of this Digital Citizenship mini-series, I will offer you my complete set of slides ~ Digital Citizenship & Online Safety that include Story Telling Examples and a Google Form at the end to check students’ understanding (Still in Progress) They should be available just in time for the beginning of the school year or soon after. My slides are a culmination of personal experience, real-life scenarios and information I learned while pursuing my Google Educator Training. These “ready-made” lesson slides break procedures down into the basic bite-sized pieces, kid-friendly language, all the extras like videos, links and even the images you see throughout this series so that you may easily use the slides in your classroom and learn alongside your students.
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