- Digital Footprint
- Identity Theft
- Online Bullying and Predators
- Online and Gaming Addiction
- Inappropriate content
Everything we put on social media today is likely discovered when applying for college or a job. Whether it is a picture of a child that we take, a friend takes or our student takes, facial recognition may tag it on social media. College admissions and future recruiters may find it. Web sites and applications that claim to remove data should not be trusted. It is never possible to know if text messages or pictures might end up in a screenshot that gets shared on the internet, with school or with friends.
As we are all unfortunately aware, there are predators that can use digital data to hurt our children.
It is possible for minors to request their content to be removed from social media sites, but it is no simple feat.
Teach your children to never divulge personal information online. This includes their name, address, phone number, and location. See 7 Tips to Protect Your Family's Online Identity.
For some people, it is possible for a tech activity to stimulate the creation of dopamine and for individuals to feel withdrawal symptoms when their tech activity is removed. Parents can refer to Managing Technology page for tips around this issue.
San Lorenzo Valley schools teach lessons from Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Common Sense Media also has resources for parents. We also use CybereCivics from https://www.cyberwise.org/parents.