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Students’ Privacy

Loved all the readings this week, but I will only blog about the children’s privacy rights in this post. Thanks to our professor, I also had another wonderful session with our school librarian. Just like in the reading, it is important that teachers take advantage and utilize these paid experts (librarians)!

In an age where more of our lives take place in the digital world, we all have a lot to learn about privacy. But for children and teens still developing their identities and personalities, privacy is essential…Children need more privacy as they get older in order to from their own opinions and figure out who they are.” – Librarian Mike Robinson

My immediate thought upon reading the first line in the quote was this virgin concept of innocence. What I mean by that is that we (and children) can’t always undo an intentional or unintentional act once we  share something into the world wide web (publicly or not). I feel a bit like Holden wanting to protect his sister, Phoebe in “The Cather in the Rye.” Thus, in an educator role, I feel that it is part of my duty to protect my student by teaching them about digital citizenship.

How do I get through to students that posting something online isn’t like a getting a tattoo that you can just cover up; and even with the best surgical tattoo removal, it is a tedious process and scars still remains too. So, for example if someone gets a hold of their writing or photo and saves it or re-post it (or worse, it gets shared and re-posted multiple more times or even becomes viral) before they had the chance to remove it…then what?

I want students to know that there could be repercussions for posting (intentional or not) into the public domain online. I will share something that I read in my book circle earlier this quarter:

When today’s six-year-olds finish high school, an astoundingly detailed representation of their lives at school will exist, and we don’t yet know who will be able to access it…Information about their test scores, disciplinary issues, absences, tardiness, learning styles, health,home situation and personality from the time they were in preschool until they graduate may or may not be shared with marketers, insurance companies,m potential employers, courts of law, the police and college admissions boards.” -Jill Walker Rettberg

Yikes, so scary how this can affect one’s well being in the future: college entrance and job opportunities. My point here is that our youth already have to worry about the data collected about them in general; so, now they need to be more mindful, consciously aware (awake), and careful on what more personal information they are choosing to share or not.

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One thought on “Students’ Privacy

  1. I agree with your point here that students/kids are creating digital “tattoos” from the time they are born in this day and age, even before they have a say. I think that makes the argument for arming students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of digital citizenship all the way down to kindergarten all the stronger. Since kids are using tech at younger and younger ages, they need to be educated on how to use it safely and effectively younger and younger as well.

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