Cyber Awareness Week


For many middle school students (and a lot of adults I know) their online social community is pretty important to them. In the middle school many of these students are also pretty new to this new online world before them. While they are often wowed about the technology, they often forget that it is a world that can have some consequences as well. At my school we touch on it from time to time but we have started dedicating a whole week to the following topics to raise awareness.

  • Security settings
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online etiquette
  • Consequences for online behavior

Just to be clear, we aren’t telling our students NOT to use Facebook or any social networks, we are trying to make them aware of facets they may not know about. So click on past the break to see what we do. Also, I’m just gong to write about the 6th grade presentation. As you’ll see it’s a lot of information, so I’ll break it up!

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People are watching . . .

your online rep!


Gizmodo posted an interesting article today about the company Social Intelligence and how they performed a background check by looking at a person’s web footprint. This trend is easy, quick, and effective. I expect to see schools using this for prospective teachers, universities using it for prospective parents, and potentially over zealous parents checking out their child’s current educators (though I feel that last example will be very few and far between). Read the article written by Mat Honan here and let me know what you think. Personally, I’m for it. Whether you agree or disagree this type of background check is here and I don’t think it’s going anywhere, but would love to read your comments. All opinions welcomed!

Author’s note: I do not know Santa’s opinion of Omar. Santa’s evaluation of Omar’s behavior is between the North Pole Inc. and Omar. 🙂

Rebeccaa Black and online reps

Rebecca Black. In most conversations, that name invokes strong opinion and usually some jokes, but there is a larger lesson here. Well, not just one, but I’m only going to focus on one for the sake of this post. If you’re not sure who Rebecca Black is here is the quick story. She is a 13 year old girl whose parents paid around $2000 to Ark Music Factory. This company will write a song for aspiring singers, shoot a video, and promote the song. They have done a great job of that as well. In one month the video has been viewed over 55 million times (to this date) and the song is number 13 on the iTunes charts. So read on past the break to hear my concerns.

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