This week in Library, our 2nd Graders finished off our Internet Safety Unit. We've been looking closely at everything from permissions, to creating strong passwords and usernames, to how the Internet connects, to our Digital Footprint.
This week was extra important as we took a close look at that pesky trail we leave behind us every time we use the Internet: our Digital Trail (see below for a helpful Common Sense Media video).
Helping our students understand that anything they do online, leaves a trail or a "mark" that is virtually impossible to erase, sets them up for a more successful experience online.
Society is set up where young people are online for both social and academic purposes more and more. Although here at Reed, we do not advocate that our students start using social media in any way, almost all are exposed in some way or will be in the coming years.
Students will also start using online research methods for study and general exploration as they grow too.
Having a clear understanding that all activity online leaves a mark (Digital Trail) will help students comprehend the "Pause & Think" philospohy for both social and safety reasons.
The better our students are equipped to understand this huge online world surrounding them, the more opportunities they have for making good, safe choices.
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