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Amazingly Simple Tips to Ensure the Privacy of Students Online
Students' digital presence is more ubiquitous than ever thanks to distance learning.
FREMONT, CA: Most learning experiences now include educational technology. When one add in social media identities, today's pupils' digital footprints have become almost as crucial as their physical ones. As a result, it's even more critical for teachers and parents to do everything they can to help pupils be safe online.
The terms "digital citizenship" and "online safety" are frequently helpful in the educational world. Industry and academic leaders, of course, are working relentlessly to ensure that all students have access to materials that support a safe and secure online presence.
Calm the Storm and Work Methodically
In the era of remote learning, there are four phases to recognizing that pupils are at high risk. The initial stage is becoming conscious, followed by panic. This terror might manifest in various ways, but it almost always results in a state of paralysis and lethargy.
Allow oneself to experience this before moving on to the third level: acceptance. Accept the fact that this is now the new normal for students. Then, in the fourth step, action, safeguard pupils promptly — and quietly. It's critical to develop a plan at this point but also to remain flexible and patient as one navigates unfamiliar seas.
Create a Safe and Secure Digital Space
Begin with a strategy and a clear understanding of the objectives. For example, decide if one wants pupils to have free access to social media or if a more regulated approach is preferable. Decide how much supervise kids' internet activities and what digital tools they'll be allowed to utilize.
Communicate and Collaborate with Your Students
It's critical to express the vision for students' digital lives to them directly once formed one. Common Sense Media, a non-profit company, has pictures and videos that can help with this conversation.
Collect Information About the Digital Risks
It's also crucial to educate oneself on the various online hazards that students face. Again, Common Sense Media has a wealth of materials to help keep us informed about these issues, from misinformation to cyberbullying.
Connect with Organizations That Can Assist
Numerous organizations are rich in resources and ideas. Collaboration with local organizations and state authorities that perform research and arrange events to share and develop innovative ways to protect students online and spread awareness about digital safety and citizenship is one of the unique ways to stay connected. To uncover more resources, consider reaching out to other schools or professional learning networks.