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Internet Literacy

This was a presentation given to high school and early college-aged students about being responsible with their online presence. Topics include incriminating photos, privacy settings on social networks, passwords and fact-checking.

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Internet Literacy

  1. 1. Valerie Forrestal, Stevens Institute Librarian NSBE Zone: 10.17.09 (Photo by mikael altemark: Rights: CC BY 2.0)
  2. 2. via PopCrunch: Pictures on your phone are not necessarily private (just ask Miley Cyrus or Paris Hilton.) And just because you ask someone to keep a pic you sent them to themselves, doesn’t mean they will…
  3. 3. Your friends are *not* the only people who are on Facebook (/MySpace/Twitter/the internet.) Chances are, so are your co-workers, your parents and even your prospective bosses. via Valleywag:
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  5. 5. via I’m Not Actually a Geek: The internet is forever: screenshots, Google cache and the Internet Archive, oh my!
  6. 6. via Mashable:
  7. 7. Get to know your privacy settings and options. Some resources for Facebook: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. via Wired: Don’t make it easy for hackers, learn to create strong passwords:
  9. 9. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Please?! <ul><li>We’ve all been tempted to do it, but before you hit share or repost or retweet , take a moment to do your homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Google it to see if anyone’s refuted it or if there are other sides to the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter search ( ) to see what people are saying about it, in real time. </li></ul><ul><li> is your friend. </li></ul>
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  11. 11. Search yourself. <ul><li>If someone Googles you, what will they find? You should always know the answer to that question. (Try using all variations of your name; also try other search engines.) </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you are putting out public content that you are comfortable representing you, and keeping the rest private. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a professional presence somewhere on the web (LinkedIn/blog/online resume/portfolio). The more good content you put out, the more you control your own reputation. (Bury the bad stuff!) </li></ul><ul><li>35% percent of employers said that what they found on the internet caused them not to hire a candidate, according to a CareerBuilder survey. </li></ul>
  12. 12. You can find this presentation online, along with all the links, at For more information, contact Valerie Forrestal (valerie [dot] forrestal [at] stevens [dot] edu)