Activity Six: Digital Security

Part I: In Class Meeting--Introduction

Digital Security can be defined as the precautions users must take to protect their personal safety and the security of their network. To better understand this concept, watch the following clip with your advisory:

Class Meeting Discussion Questions:
  1. Information about you that does not reveal your identity is called personal information. What are some examples of personal information?
  2. Information that can reveal your identity is called private information. What are some examples of private information?
  3. What mistake did the young man in the video make regarding sharing personal vs. private information?

Part II: At Home--Interaction

As you learned in advisory, personal information (your age, gender, favorite food, etc.) is much less specific, and safer to share, than private information (your name, address, social security number, etc.). Many popular websites and online activities encourage (and in some cases require) users to share personal and private information. What kind of information about you is available online?

Home Activity
To get a sense of how easily personal and private information can be located, read this recent article from McAfee. After you and your parents have reviewed the search tips, (1) Google yourself and (2) Google your parents. As you sort through the results, note the information that you find and complete the appropriate search survey:

Student Survey: Click Here
Parent Survey: Click Here

Home Discussion Questions:
  1. Students: Do you feel "secure" with the amount of information about you that's available online? Why or why not?
  2. Parents: Do you feel "secure" with the amount of information about you and/or your child that's available online? Why or why not?
  3. Students and Parents: What personal and private information guidelines do you think are reasonable for your family?

Part III: In Advisory--Follow-up and Reflection

Information, especially private information, should not be shared indiscriminately. In an online environment, however, we often tend to be overly trusting and this can lead to a false sense of security. Consider the story of Kimberly Elliott from Oakville, MO, who bet her daughter that she could become "friends" with all her daughter's contacts on FaceBook. Read the full story here.

Advisory Discussion Questions

  1. How do you select your Facebook friends?
  2. Do you personally know all of them?
  3. Have you "friended" someone without know them?
  4. What types of information do you put on your Facebook account?
  5. Does this article make you weary about some of the things that you have posted on-line?