Protecting Personal Information

Definition

In taking advantage of all that digital media has to offer, youth have to make tough choices on what personal information they will share. Some personal information is necessary to facilitate social interactions, employment opportunities, and online purchases. But many kinds of information should only be shared with validated sources and some should not be shared online under any circumstances.

Here are important recommendations from our friends at Reputation.com:

"Generally, the information that children shouldn't share online doesn't deviate much as they get older. Personally identifiable information such as home addresses, phone numbers, and excessive pictures should always be avoided. At an early age, establish with children the difference between personal information and public information. As your child gets older, focus on reinforcing that message but also explaining the nuances between public and private sharing.

"By the time your teens are in high school, they should be keeping most of their personal information private, but they should also consider using the Internet to share positive content about themselves so as to build a strong online reputation and attract college admissions officers and potential job recruiters later in life."

Elementary School Kids Should Never Share Their:
Age
Full Name
Address
Phone Number
Name of School
Password Information
Images (with possible exception depending on parental involvement)

Middle School Kids Should Never Share Their:
Age
Full Name
Address
Phone Number
Name of School
Password Information (even to friends)
Most Images (At this age, kids get into social networking and will be sharing images via cell phones and digital cameras. Parents should focus on limiting the images their children share online)

High School Kids Should Never Share Their:
Address
Phone Number
Password Information (even to friends)
Offensive or Sexually Suggestive Images or Messages

Media can make many interactions more efficient and convenient, these tools should be used only under certain circumstances. What follows is an outline of how information sharing can support growth or put users at risk, depending on how it’s done.

Digital media can:


RELATED ISSUES
passwords, personal information, identity theft, phishing, social engineering, spyware, adware, malware, trojans, virus, filters, user accounts, credit card fraud, firewalls, data backup, patching, password guessing, digital security

RESOURCES AND LINKS
www.reputation.com

Prevention

Document C3 Framework: Promoting Responsible Use This document points out that school policies and instruction often do not include all Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity (C3) topics. In some cases this causes schools to miss the mark when it comes to C3 issues and how they correlate with human behavior. It goes in depth about C3 issues to help readers better understand this topic.

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

URL Professor Garfield Foundation: Internet Safety and You The website provides 4 video lessons featuring Garfield cartoons. The site also provides various lesson materials promoting responsible citizenship.

URL Workshop: Raising Kids in a Digital World (Middle and Highschool) This presentation is designed to help facilitate a parent education event with parents of elementary school students. It includes power point and talking points.

Detection & Intervention

URL BullyBust by the National School Climate Center (NSCC) This site provides excellent resources for educators to promote upstander behavior. Materials include: Discussion questions, activities, handouts, and NSCC's Best Practices

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

URL Interdisciplinary Response to Youths Sexting. This article offers recommendations concerning sexting from the Youth Online Safety Working Group (including NCMEC.

URL TextEd A Canadian Web site that educates about text messaging. Contains an "Acronictionary" that defines many text message acronyms.

Incident Management & Response

URL Blog: Cyberbullying Research Center This blog discusses how to keep kids safe from online harassment and victimization.

URL CyberBullying: US Dept of Healthy & Human Services campaign to prevent bullying This website offers games and scenarios designed to help children learn to safely handle bullying situations.

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

URL The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to provide partners with guidance and share lessons learned in integrating social media into health communication campaigns, activities, and emergency response efforts. This guide provides information on getting started using social media from developing governance to determining which channels best meet communication objectives to creating a social media strategy. An overview of popular social media tools, including blogs, video-sharing sites, mobile applications, and RSS feeds is included, along with a resource section and campaign examples.