We're still trucking on with our Digital Citizenship program here in the library & I'm proud to say out students really work hard at being engaged and responsive to making safe online choices.
After our work on understanding what constitutes private information, we looked at how to create usernames protecting that information & also strong or "powerful" passwords.
All of us learnt something new in this (& I mean all of us - me included!) & students shared what surprised them most about password "Do's & Don'ts" - for example changing your password every 6 months; using a dictionary to help find words & not using nicknames as passwords.
We practiced making passwords with a few simple tools to help them create a combination password: passwords that are over 8 characters & combine both letters numbers & symbols.... & once again, ALL of us learnt something new (me included. Sigh.)
In the new year, we'll be moving forward to take a closer look at our online community - understanding our connection with the internet ether; our impact (aka digital footprint) within it & a further round up on how to play it safe online.
Much of these ideas can be conceptually challenging - even for grown ups sometimes. However, breaking down the fundamentals of making safe choices & being proactive in protecting our information & online presence, are proving to be messages our students can connect with & appreciate the value in.
Our goal here at Reed is to support students with the tools to become safe & smart Internet users; Internet users who are thoughtful & knowledgeable from the beginning.
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