When In Doubt, Talk It Out

When In Doubt, Talk It Out

Google came up with “The Code of Internet Awesome” which includes . . .

  • Share With Care
  • Don’t Fall For Fakes
  • Keep it Safe
  • It’s Cool to be Kind
  • When In Doubt, Talk It Out

 

Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

Last week you talked about “‘Don’t Fall for Fakes”, which means fake people.  This week is “When In Doubt, Talk it Out.”  Students have a tendency to hide when they think they think something “bad” has happened.  Talk to your students about (the list below is from the Code of Internet Awesome page.)

  • Be clear about family or classroom rules and expectations around technology, as well as consequences for inappropriate use.
  • Keep the dialogue going by checking in frequently and encouraging kids to ask questions.

Extend the conversation to other trusted adults like teachers, coaches, counselors, friends, and relatives.

It’s Cool to Be Kind

It's Cool To Be Kind

Google came up with “The Code of Internet Awesome” which includes . . .

  • Share With Care
  • Don’t Fall For Fakes
  • Keep it Safe
  • It’s Cool to be Kind
  • When In Doubt, Talk It Out

 

Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

Last week you talked to your students about the fake people on the internet. This week we are talking about how it is “Cool to be Kind.” How do you be kind to people in person? How do you be kind to people online?

Create a list with your students of how you can be kind to people online. But talk to them about how to balance that with “Share With Care.” Don’t share your personal information with people in an effort to be kind to them.

Secure Your Secrets

There are two main ideas about passwords.  Most everyone agrees on the big pieces.  Avoid personal information.  Use uppercase, lowercase, symbols, and numbers.

Google suggests replacing letters with characters (saying repl@ce instead of replace).  I think that is a terrible idea. It just makes it harder to remember, and a computer will not have any problem making those substitutions.  XKCD has a great explanation.

Having said that, it is important to talk about passwords throughout the year. Students will most likely be starting new accounts throughout the year, so a one and done solution will not help your students.

As always, Be Internet Awesome has wonderful resources.

Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

Take five minutes and talk about why strong passwords are important. Be Internet Awesome has talking points. Walk through creating a password with your students. Talk to them out loud about what you would and would not pick

Don’t Fall For Fakes

Don't Fall For Fakes

Google came up with “The Code of Internet Awesome” which includes . . .

  • Share With Care
  • Don’t Fall For Fakes
  • Keep it Safe
  • It’s Cool to be Kind

 

Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

” Last week you created a “Share with Care’ list.  This week is about ‘Don’t Fall for Fakes”, which means fake people.  Talk to your students about (the list below is from the Code of Internet Awesome page.)

  • If statements about “winning” or getting something for “free” feel too good to be true, they most likely are.
  • Fair exchanges shouldn’t involve giving away any personal information.
  • Always think critically before acting online and learn to trust your intuition. Be on guard for phishing attempts—efforts to steal information like login or account details by pretending to be a trusted contact in an email, text, or other online communication.

 

 

Be Internet Awesome: Share With Care

Be Internet Awesome: Share With Care

Along with “Interland.” (which I hope you shared with your students!!) Google has a lot of wonderful resources for Digital Citizenship called “Be Internet Awesome.”  Google came up with “The Code of Internet Awesome” which includes . . .

  • Share With Care
  • Don’t Fall For Fakes
  • Keep it Safe
  • It’s Cool to be Kind

Five Minutes of Dig Cit: Talk to your students about “Share With Care.” and what students should “Keep personal details about family and friends private. Generate a list and keep it up in your classroom for the week.

A Digital Citizenship Game for Students

Interland ScreenshotLooking for something for the students to do during indoor recess? Google has a host of Digital Citizenship Resources at https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/resources including a game called “Interland.” Interland is . . .

an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens.