Identity theft, Facebook comments, fraud, email spam as well as cyber bullying were just a few of the issues we explored this week and I must admit that despite my google-search presence of zero, I had barely considered some of these issues. During class I searched for information regarding the kinds of scams being run through social media such as facebook – specifically a case where a link supposedly showing footage of the MH387 wreckage for the first time in reality led people to downloading malicious software. It is shocking how easy it can be to become a victim to virus-laden ploys; in a classroom this could become a significant issue if students are not correctly monitored during any online sessions.
Examining the different elements of online security was extremely eye-opening. There are so many factors to consider in ensuring your online security is not compromised. If you are present in some form online, even without images or your own legal name, there are many ways to get around privacy settings. Essentially, it comes down to the individual to be responsible for the image they portray in their online presence. As a teacher in training, it is imperative I remember that students, parents and colleagues can view my public online posts and keep these projections of myself professional at all times.
Here’s some excellent advice from the Queensland Police:
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC:
Oxford University Press.