Recognizing Scams and Fake News – Digital Citizenship
Recognizing Scams and Fake News are two topics that our young students need to be aware of and have a safety plan in place if something suspicious shows up on their screen.
As educators, we know that teaching our kids to resourcefully and maturely use web-based resources is a fundamental skill that is necessary for our classrooms today. However, it would be naive of us to think that our kids will always be in the protected network that our school domains offer. Students need to know how to handle a breach of privacy for themselves and others, especially when online outside of our schools’ domain.
*Be careful when clicking on ads.
*Be suspicious of any prize. What does the provider want from you?
*Only download with permission after checking with a parent or a trusted adult.
*Do Not Give Out Private Information Online. Honest organizations will never send you an email message to reply to by entering your private information again. Check the email address, it may be slightly different. Always open a new tab and use a company’s secured website beginning with “https” with the lock icon to enter information.
What to do?
What if, let’s say,…”Alex” is at a friend’s house or out to eat with his friends or family? Would he know what to do if a message comes up on his device screen that is “Not Right”?
In this case, I teach my students to do 3 things: Stop, Screenshot & Tell
It is a good idea to make sure your kids know how to take a screenshot for many practical reasons, including taking a screenshot to document any suspicious messages that they receive. Here is a quick walkthrough video showing you how to take a screenshot and how to find it again after you save it on a Chromebook.
Another form of a scam is someone posting Fake News. I tell my kids, just because something is online, does not make it true so, consider the source before trusting the information or even citing the information in your research.
Is the site:
*Created by a respectable person or company?
*Is the site trying to convince you of something questionable?
*When was it posted? The material could be out of date. From the Google Search homepage, you can refine your search by going to Tools– Anytime– then drop down to the time frame you wish to be considered on the search. I usually select “Past Year“.
Here is a list of vocabulary that I have found kids need to understand while we are talking about online safety that I have included in my Slides – 7 Digital Citizenship & Online Safety Skills (Information below):
(*Many of these terms are mentioned in Google’s new gamified site – “Be Internet Awesome“. My kids LOVE this game)
Hackers -Anyone that gathers others’ information from a computer.
Phishing – When someone tries to trick you into sharing your personal information.
Cyberbullies – Someone aggressively shows you unwanted attention over and over.
Upstander– Someone that gives positive attention to everyone, especially the person being bullied.
Oversharers – Someone that shares too much personal information about themselves
Vibes – Feelings that follow after someone says or does something.
3 Suggested Resources:
- Erin Flannigan from Erintigration.com has a great blog post – “Digital Citizenship All Year” and resource “I am a Digital Citizen” that helps kids earn a license to use their devices that include 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship: templates, anchor charts and videos.
2. Jody Meacher created this wonderful basics anchor chart that I use in my lesson slides as an overall review at the end-Digital Citizenship Survival Kit
3. Like what you see in this post and series? 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. See my “Shop” for slides that are a culmination of personal experiences, 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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