- Identify some of the benefits of sharing information online.
- Reflect on the risks of sharing inappropriate information (oversharing) online.
- Think critically about what they choose to post and share about themselves online.
- Though there are many benefits to sharing information online, the Internet should generally be considered public because:
- “private” information can become public if passed on
- posts in many online communities are public by default
Most information posted online:
- can be searched
- can be seen by HUGE, invisible audiences
- can be copied, altered, and sent to others
- is persistent – it’s almost impossible to take down, as it can start to spread the minute it is posted
Information that people post can get out of their control fast, so it is important to consider the consequences, which are the effects of something that happened earlier, beforehand.
Benefits to Sharing Online
- There are many ways in which sharing information with others online can be fun and rewarding. For instance, chatting over IM with friends or sending photos to grandparents can be two positive ways of sharing information. Answer the following questions:
- How do you share information for fun with others online?
- Provide two names and websites where you know students share their work.
- Inside of your Digital Citizenship Unit folder, create a new folder titled Lesson 2. All your tasks completed in Lesson 2 should be stored in this folder.