What can we do to keep ourselves and others safe and secure in digital environments?


  • Protect your personal information - think carefully about what you might be posting, sharing or agreeing to online

  • Use secure passwords that have a mix of characters and symbols - be sure to keep this private

  • Store information and physical devices in secure locations - be sure to backup important information

  • Regularly review and adjust privacy settings on social media platforms

  • Use antivirus software  on all laptops and desktop computers

  • Respect the privacy of others and only post images or videos of others with their permission

  • Recognize dangerous or inappropriate situations and be supportive of those in need

  • Report abuse, harassment and other worrisome behaviour

  • Stop > Block > Talk - Block any users that cause you to feel uncomfortable or make threats to your well-being and report to someone who can help

  • Make use of digital reporting tools and support structures - online help services and anonymous reporting tools

  • Report and flag offensive content and materials to online providers

  • Don’t get hooked by phishing scams - think critically about suspicious emails or requests that are seeking your personal information, or trying to get you to do something in exchange for goods or money



The following provocations are meant to provoke discussion on the topic of "Be Safe." Having discussions on these resources will help provide insight on students passions and interests and also help provide a direction for future learning.

'This oversteps a boundary'

This article from Guardian discussed how news that Facebook shared teens’ details with advertisers throws focus on firm’s ability to mine the data of its 2 billion users – and raises serious ethical questions


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