The padlock is to remind students to
set strong passwords and to set up
passcode locks on all of their digital
"Lock 'em down" as we like to say in
our Digital Citizenship lessons.
Everything that you put online is
permanent....even if you hit the delete
button after posting.
Odds are someone has retweeted,
favourited, or taken a screenshot of the
material if it was questionable.
Imagine the information that you
are putting online is like the
toothpaste coming out of the
Once it is out, it is almost
impossible to get it all back in the
I tell students to think that passwords
and toothbrushes are very similar in the
fact that you NEVER want to share
(I do highly encourage/recommend that
students to share passwords with
Students should share their password
with the trusted adults in their home
Too many times I see students that are
posting, tweeting, retweeting
information that is NOT appropriate.
Remind them to keep it clean!
New & Improved Digital Safety Kit
PAY IT FORWARD
The amount of information on
the internet is amazing!
As digital citizens, your students
have to be good at "straining"
out the bad stuff, what is real,
what's not and finding material
that is applicable to their
search/use of the internet.
I used a six foot extension cord and cut it
so that I have the male and female end
I stress to students that it is okay to
"unplug" (unplug as you are
discussing). We don't have to be
connected all the time!
Get outside and be a kid!
Packet of Seeds
Any packet of seeds will do for your kit.
Students need to understand that what
they are doing now could have an impact
on them in the future. I want our students
to think about the "seeds" that they are
sowing as they traverse the world wide
Could it grow into a bigger
Or is their plant going to be
a strong, positive
representation of who they
The amount of information on the
internet is amazing! As digital citizens,
your students have to be good at
"straining" out the bad stuff, what is
real, what's not and finding material
that is applicable to their search/use of
Imagine having the mirror attached to
If you looked in it and saw someone in
the reflection, would they approve of
what you are doing or saying online?
Our students are going to make mistakes.
When you and I were younger we made
mistakes, but our mistakes weren't Googleable.
The mistakes kids make today will be
Googleable. Hopefully our mistakes won't be
If a Band Aid won't help, then we have a
I simply tell students to imagine all of the
things they do while online.
Now imagine if it were kept in a journal.
Would they be comfortable if anyone
could read that journal?
Remember when first impressions
started with a handshake?
Now they start with Google. People are
using Google to find out information
What will show up when someone
searches you on Google?
Pet Tie-Out Cable
This will be geared towards parents. I
encourage parents to set limits when it
comes to being online at home.
Sheet of Paper
One of the most powerful items in the kit. I
had read about this idea in a blog, and I enjoy
using this with students.
I take a new sheet of paper and hand it to a
student instructing them to wad it up into a
I then tell them to throw it on the
ground....stomp on it.
I then have them pick up the piece of
paper and I unravel it in front of the
I tell the student that ruined the piece of paper
to apologize to the piece of paper for
I get some weird looks and giggles, but after
the student apologizes to the piece of paper I
tell the students that the piece of paper
represents someone’s heart that has been
We can apologize all we
want, but the emotional
scars that remain inside
DON'T go away.
The term "Digital Tattoo" was
introduced around 2010 as the
term "Digital Footprint“ was
reconsidered as footprints in
the sand can be washed away.
Digital Tattoo video on Vimeo by Digital Scholar
Tattoos are permanent and so is your digital footprint.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Priya Venugopal
Johnson said that many students benefit
from attracting potential employers
through profiles and blogs. Producing
online content can be an opportunity for
students to express themselves and be
Here are several simple rules I try to follow in
order to keep a positive digital footprint in
Think before you post and interact.
Be recent and relevant.
Don't spam people with irrelevant
Connect with positive and
Be positive and avoid negativity.
Let your positivity be
Be polite even if you'd rather be
Encourage and support
whenever you can.