Best Practices in a Digital World


Here are some tips on how to stay safe online and be conscious in your your choices when learning and creating with digital content.

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Geotag

When you allow geotagging with an image, you are allowing a website to see the location information for a photo/video you've taken.

Be cautious when providing this metadata.  You might just wind up on http://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com/.

Every photo on this site was created and uploaded with the locational metadata intact by the original owners with an estimated 7.8 meters accuracy. It's scary that you might give random strangers access into your house. Turn off your geotags.


Geotagging

It may not be the best idea to give away your location when posting a picture.  

Click on this link to see a video of why.

Give credit to your sources.

When creating projects, please remember to cite all of your sources including quotes, videos, text passages, and music.

  • An opening screen of a presentation must indicate that it follows the "fair use" rules of the U.S. Copyright law.
  • Copyright information for all items used must be included in a bibliography.

Go with your gut.

 If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your cell phone, talk with your parents or guardian right away.

Google Record

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If someone wants to meet, tell an adult.

Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.

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LOCK SCREEN

If your device or program allows it, lock your screen when you are stepping away from your device.

LOG OFF

Make sure to log out of every site, every time!

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Never save your passwords in your web browser.

If you save your password in your web browser, you are an easy target for theft of information/being hacked.


Never tape your password to your desk or leave it in an obvious place.

Most password theft happens because of “social engineering.” Most people keep their password taped under their keyboard or in the right or left hand drawer or wallet. Don't store your password where the world can see it.



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