Privacy Settings- Digital Citizenship Ways to Improve Privacy Settings
Skill #2 & #3 – 3 Awesome Ways To Improve Student Privacy Settings Online
Privacy Settings and procedures can be a valuable defense against online intruders. While my students and I work together, we have frequent safety conversations about what we can do to improve our privacy settings, especially when we are online utilizing websites outside of G Suite.
As mentioned in my previous post, “Creating Strong Passwords“, the first line of defense is not allowing anyone in your accounts in the first place. The best way to do that is to create a strong password. I tell my students that it is like having your front door locked and you are the only one with a key, not just any random, weak key but a strong key!
What Is a Strong Password?
1. Combine UPPER & lowercase letters
3. At least 8 Characters Long, Longer the better
4. Symbols like – @ # $ % & * +
5. Different Passwords For Each Account ~ See Password Manager Suggestion below
6. Create a Passphrase ~Take a sentence & turn it into a password-
Example- WOO!TPwontSB = Woohoo! The Packers won the Super Bowl!
7. Secure, Not a previously Shared Password or Has been Used before
Here are three additional steps I teach my students to further safeguard their private information when online:
After creating a strong password:
- Log out of your account and lock your device so no one can get in after you leave.
- Set Up Two-Step Verification – Most online serves allow you to create a second contact option such as a phone number or email address to change your password and get back into your account. Parent help may be needed.
- Find out what your social media privacy and security settings are. Who can see what you post?
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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