Thursday, 11 May 2017

The power of using students to teach digital safety

The power of using students to 
teach digital safety

In a previous blog post, The worry of social media, I talked about my interest in using student voice to help students and parents become informed about social media and more importantly how to be safe on social media.
Consequently I engaged with a small group of Year 8 students and over a period of 6 months we set out to fulfil this mission.
We journeyed through the following stages:
·      Brainstormed what we knew, what we thought we knew and what we needed to find out
·      Researched the topic of social media in general and checked our own knowledge for clarity
·      Perused strategies and tools that others have used
·      Debated and decided on a specific tool
·      Storyboarded the video screens
·      Filmed a number of versions
·      Produced the final cut
The girls borrowed the THINK tool from the ThinkUKnow website in the United Kingdom see below:
This site has a wealth of information for parents and schools.

I particularly like their open-ended questions for students to consider:
1.    What privacy settings do you use on social media?
2.   How can you help protect your friends’ privacy online?
3.   If you see someone post something online which violates someone else’s privacy, what should you do? Is it ok to forward it if it’s really funny?
4.   What do you think about people who post private things in an attempt to get a lot of ‘likes’ or ‘up-votes’?
5.   Have you ever felt embarrassed about something you posted when you were younger?
6.   When joining a site or downloading an app, how do you decide if they are taking good care of your privacy?
7.   Where can you learn more about digital privacy?
8.   Parents sometimes buy things online. How do they know their credit card information is safe?

In New Zealand we have Netsafe, an excellent site for digital citizenship and resources for parents and schools.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Karen Spencer, Director of Education at Netsafe, at the ISNZ conference last week. A main takeaway for me was:
When a student misuses technology on social media do not ban the use of a device; focus on the behaviour not the tool; support and guide them around correct behaviour instead.
I am very proud to officially release the student video from SHS on keeping safe using social media. We plan to use the video as a teaching tool for both our students and our parents.

Please take the time to watch their amazing efforts:

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