Digital Citizenship

My digital citizenship includes use of social media including facebook and using this in an ethical manner. To me that means not engaging in ‘trolling’ and personally attacking other people, setting my privacy settings appropriately and being mindful of pictures I post of my own children and other people. I feel it is always appropriate to ask permission before posting photos of other people or their children. I am also mindful of how many photos I put up of my own children and how my children might feel later in life with having their photos for everyone to see. I have been tricked into giving my phone number to enter competitions on facebook only to be constantly harassed in subsequent weeks by multiple companies trying to sell me something. I have learnt the hard way that you really have to protect your personal details at all costs.

I engage in online shopping all the time and keep myself safe through only paying with paypal and buying from what seem to be reputable sites such as ebay. So far I have not had a problem, however, I have had friends and acquaintances who have suffered credit card fraud and the like which can be very emotionally stressful situations.

As for bullying, I have not experienced anything in my digital world, apart from reading stories on facebook. However, I can imagine it is a very easy thing for children to do to each other online. Nowadays though I think children would be smarter than to engage in this sort of activity as it gives the victim proof of the ‘attack’ and implicates the person bullying. It is evident through the media and government programs how seriously cyber bullying and bullying in general is taken in society.

I have just undertaken a quiz for EDC3100 on bullying and was surprised by my result. I got half right. In reflection I am not surprised (as per my last paragraph) that bullying in person is more prevalent. However, I always assumed that bullying was due to low self-esteem in children and used as an outlet for them to feel better about themselves. Maybe bigger and stronger than they actually are. I clearly have some learning to do in this area. I think I misunderstood the last question as I thought teaching the ‘victim’ social skills would help stop bullying. However,  I do agree the person doing the bullying needs to be reprimanded for their behaviour as a main priority.

The next step in this learning pathway was to complete a quiz in relation to cyber safety as if I was a child. I got some interesting answers wrong. I found it difficult to put myself in a child’s shoes. For instance I would have thought giving a first name and email address would be okay as long as I kept my physical address and last name out of it. However, the quiz indicates that only a nickname is recommended. The answer to some of the questions was similar to ‘tell a parent or a teacher’ and I just kept thinking…. Geez one day I will be the teacher and what am I supposed to do if a student shows me they have phishing scams. I really need to learn a bit more about how I would deal with these type of situations.

This learning pathway has shown me that I do know a little bit about cyber safety and digital citizenship, however, it has also highlighted some large downfalls. It has spiked my interest to check out the policies and procedures that exist in the place I am going to for prac and also Education Queensland. I feel I need to know more so that I can better inform the children.

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