Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nebraska K-12 Digital Citizenship Symposium

"By your digital footprint you shall be known."

A team of two faculty and two students attended the 2013 Digital Citizenship Symposium.  Held across the state at three locations, students, school leaders, and parents were brought together to learn more about digital citizenship and develop ways to improve actions taken in our communities.  

The following are just a few of the important pieces of information shared by the professional speakers of the day:

93% of us are online.  We all should have a "digital driver's license."

"The easiest thing in the world to track is your cell phone.  Your phone, your content, your location...  all of it."  ~Nebraska State Attorney General's Office

Create a positive digital footprint
1) Blog and comment
2) Curate and share (, etc.)
3) Monitor (Google Alerts)
4) Manage ("They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets."Privacy Settings)

Nebraska State Patrol investigator claims that:
80-90% of junior and senior boys could go to jail for crimes they are committing with their cell phone-- that they may not even know about. 

  • Deleting is NOT deleting.
  • Know who your friends are.
  • Manage your privacy settings.
  • Be careful what you post.  (backgrounds in photos, logos on clothing, license plates)
  • Be aware of your surroundings (others taking photos of you to incriminate you)
  • Report, save evidence, and talk to adults or report anonymously
  • Many apps share GPS coordinates by default
  • Law enforcement CAN capture snapchats without you knowing.
  • Every time you use open wifi, there is information saved & stored.
"Geography is no longer destiny. Isolation is no longer security."
~Karen Haase, Attorney of Education Law

Education is the solution.  Managing your digital footprint is NOT hiding.

Judgements are being made about you all the time- whether you think they are or not. 
Be "transparent and trackable"

2010 NASB survey
80% of students on-line; 70% have used social media for educational conversations

Ways to leave a positive digital footprint:
  • photos/videos of you doing school or community activities
  • family photos, etc.
  • positive comments, school spirit
  • cool things created for school or for fun
  • "follow" reputable pages
  • maintain privacy settings
  • avoid repetitive 'selfies'

All in all, the day was a great reminder from many different perspective, that digital citizenship should be a priority both in and out of school.

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