Educating students about protecting their privacy seems like a gargantuan task – mainly because of the speed of changes. Facebook comes to mind, and their seems to be a change in privacy settings regularly.
This graph was last updated in 2010, but if you look at the usage rights – it’s clear this was getting a great deal of attention. I wonder why he stopped updating it? I might ask him, or you can: @mattmckeon
Perhaps, now, it’s just at the point where it’s fundamental – we MUST know about protecting our privacy.
I operate under the philosophy that absolutely nothing I do on the web is private. Could I be taking it too far? Not at all. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that Google and Facebook know more about me than anyone else in the world.
What does that mean to me? Not much, really. It’s just a fact of life in 2017.
What does this mean for my students? I suppose it means the same thing – not much. BUT, they should definitely be educated on this topic. More importantly, though, I suppose it’s imperative to start with the basics. These two law schools – Fordham and Suffolk Universty – went out and taught middle schoolers privacy basics. Here’s a summary of the curriculum being taught:
- Privacy basics
- How to deal with passwords and behavioral ads
- Navigating social media and tricky situations
- Understanding mobile, Wi-Fi and facial recognition
- Managing a digital reputation
Sadly, the curriculum hyperlinks have been removed… Having mentioned hyperlinks, I reflect…
Clicking hyperlinks must be related to online privacy. How does Facebook and Google know what I like to click on? My goodness, every time I click on a story of interest, dozens more appear. How am I supposed to grow, if everything I see is tailored to my liking?
Without perspective in a globally connected world, what will happen? Or, perhaps, more appropriately, look what is happening?