Internet Safety & Security
Learner Description - This guide is intended for 9-12th grade Theater students and their parents, though most will pertain to high school students in general.
Think First before Reacting
Did you see this picture recently on social media? Did you happen to read about the firestorm it created when people reacted rather than doing a little research first? Look carefully at the picture. That is a triceratops model from the set of Jurassic Park. What started as a spoof on hunter's posing in front of their trophy kills (Speilberg is a known anti-poacher activist) became something moronic as he was accused of killing this creature that was not alive in the first place. Mr. Speilberg’s reputation came under fire by good-hearted intelligent people who thought with their fingers first. That’s part of the purpose of this guide.
Things are not all that they seem and people may not be who they say they are. Use your intelligence (trust your little voice). Challenge information to insure of accuracy. Trust but verify.
When angry, give yourself 24 hours to cool off before responding. And don't fight every battle. For our class, please keep the Rules For Criticism and Goethe's Critique Imperatives in mind BEFORE you hit enter. The person you offend could be a potential prom date.
Decide Your Purpose For Access
Internet Safety starts with PIC (Person In Chair). That means you. Our school has certain filters to prevent access to inappropriate material. Your home or device may not have those filters. This requires you to decide your purpose for accessing material in this class. My hope remains you will make wise choices. You have the power to use or abuse the amazing device at your fingertips.
My family called my grandmother Mema. Let's pretend she is still alive. If it is not something you could share with my Mema, please don't post it on our blogs, chats, posts to one another, emails to me or to each other or texts. When in doubt, be kind. If you are still in doubt, think of Mema.
Information For Further Review
Here are some link and videos I explored on the subject. I did not create these; but included them for you to further explore the subjects. They are here for our classroom use and, I hope you will share with your parental figures at home. Please understand I will indeed share with them shortly. You have first opportunity.
Privacy and Reputation Online - Video
Social Networking Tips
Protecting Personal Privacy
Achieving Online Privacy
Our Digital Life