Challenge 8 Student Privacy

Challenge- Student Privacy (#edublogs prompt 9)

Student Privacy is something we teach throughout the year.  Many students don’t know how to safeguard themselves online.  My technology students complete a series of lessons on Learning.com (which my district invested in), along with class discussions.  I am constantly reminding them about how to be safe online. The main thing I’ve found with my students is them sharing their passwords with friends.  I try to teach them what might happen if their “friend” is ever put in a situation in which they can harm their account and settings, not to mention their reputation.  So far, they’ve heeded my warnings.  

3 thoughts on “Challenge 8 Student Privacy

  1. I’m interested in your feedback about students sharing their passwords. Which Grade do you teach?

    @suewaters

    • I teach 6th, 7th and 8th graders who attend a rural middle school. There are roughly 300 students in our middle school. Luckily, the students who have shared their passwords have been “burned” by others changing their settings and their background images. Only a few have done destructive actions, such as sending/posting malicious or inappropriate content. Once students have heard of what others have done, they are much more guarded on their passwords. For my class, I use tools that only use their GAFE account, so the kids aren’t having to remember their login. Just this year, we implemented a Classlink SSO (Single Sign On) in which student apps are linked to their Google account and eliminate them having to sign in every time. It’s saved heartache and time but has also helped the kids see the importance of safeguarding their passwords because if someone gets one, they can get into all their apps.

  2. Thanks for sharing! Weak passwords, use of the same password for all student accounts or easily guessed passwords have been our most common issues. Our biggest challenge is often teachers rather than students. You would be surprised by the number of emails we receive for password resets for teacher accounts.

    We encourage connecting to single sign on for our CampusPress networks because it does make it easier and eliminates issues like this.

    Sue

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