As online educators, we hold a great responsibility in teaching our students to be safe while using the internet. I created the graphic below to guide students- to ensure their safety while taking advantage of the enormous source of information that is at their very fingertips.
The most important step is Step 2 on the list- Secrets. This is important because even working on a secure site, like Georgia Virtual School, sharing personal information- passwords,
personal details such as address and phone number- can compromise online security but also physical wellbeing. To ensure that students keep digital safety at the forefront of their minds, we have to saturate their surroundings with the information. Posting a graphic on the classroom bulletin board would be one way to begin. Since we send Biweekly Newsletters, adding a new graphic to each edition would draw attention and remind students of how important it is to be safe in the online environment at all times. It would also be a good idea to begin the semester with a discussion about online safety, be it for credit or for enrichment points, so that students start the course understanding the importance of the issue.