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Protection Connection


Part 1--Judgment Call

Discuss the following scenarios with your partner, then write down your thoughts on your Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet:

a. Your best friend asks for your password to log into your social network site for just a minute so they can check out something they heard about. What would you say?

b. Would you create (or have you already) a username that is or sounds inappropriate or one that tries to get attention from others?

c. Have you seen someone do something that seems stupid to you and you immediately send a text message to others about it?


Part 2--Usernames & Passwords

It's a good practice not to use your birthdate, social security number, address, phone number, pet names, or names of friends or family in your password. A good password has 8 or more characters with a combination of UPPER and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols. Begin this section by watching this video:


1.  Watch the video from called Broken Friendship. It is about a teen that gave her best friend's password to some friends and what happened afterwards.

2.  Keep your passwords and usernames private and safe! It is very important that you keep your passwords safe and protected as you learned in the video, "Broken Friendships". 

3.  Check out this Password Rap from NetSmartz.

4. Visit the 5 Steps to a Good Password on the Guide to the Internet for Beginners site. Paul Gil shares tips to deter hacking. Compare those steps with these 10 Tips for Teens for a strong password.  List the Top 10 Tips for Teens when it comes to password safety on your Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet.

5. Creating Passwords: Are the passwords you're using now as strong and secure as they could be? Create examples of four simple passwords you feel are good choices and then modify them to make them stronger passwords by using upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Write these passwords on your Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet.


Digital Citizenship Project

Welcome to the world of DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP!  For the next few days you will be working on different activities all designed to help you become a good digital citizen. You will be filling out a DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP ANSWER SHEET as you work on these activities. These answer sheets must be turned in to your teacher and will be graded.

***Content in this LibGuide has been modified and adapted from the website.


Part 3--Email Etiquette

1. Read Email Basics. Learn some email vocabulary terms (compose pane, message pane, Bcc, attach, emoticon, forward, and formatting). On page 3, click on the round buttons as you go through the tutorial to learn more.

2. Next, go through the Email Etiquette and Safety  section of Email 101. 

3. Continue to page 4, titled Email safety to learn some definitions of Spam, Phishing (not fishing but it sounds the same), and attachments.

4. Now you are ready for your FINAL TASK: email your teacher. Ask your teacher for their email address if you do not know it. In the email:

      a. Make the subject "Something new I learned about email";

      b. Explain 2-3 things you learned today about digital safety in the body of the email;

      c. Check off that you sent the email on your Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet when you are done.



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