Wisdom from Digiteens

What I wish every person online should know is that anything and everything they do is visible—to anyone and everyone. Nothing is hidden; nothing is secret, or private. They may believe no one is able to see it, but they can. Future employers, colleges, schools, bosses, and parents may be able to see anything they post, and I think that some people are not aware of the impact of something they do on the internet might have in reality and their future. One mistake is all it takes: one inappropriate picture, video, post, blog—anything. One simple example is you might one day post a inappropriate picture of yourself and later in your life when you apply for professional school, they search your name, this picture appears to them, and they simply move on to the next applicant and all those years of hard work vanish in seconds, just because of one picture. What the main problem is that these people don’t understand that it is visible. I think if they knew it might change their lives greatly, they might not do it at all. Most people innocently post some things, honestly not thinking about it that time; but, in a few days or weeks, they will probably look back and ask themselves, “What was I thinking?” “I can’t believe I did something so stupid.” Typically, this comes after they realize something they did has a consequence. Most people grasp the idea there are good and bad actions, some bringing certain consequences. If they do something bad, then a bad consequence will most likely follow. However, I think this concept is easily and unfortunately forgotten too much. Most people will post online thinking they are in an entire different world, they are hidden—anonymous—and no consequence will ensue their actions. In the internet’s inception, it may have been; but now, there are cyber laws, and anyone and everyone can see anything, everything, and everyone. You are exposed. The bottom line is do not do anything on the internet you would not do in real life in front of everybody. Actions have consequences. Your intentions bring you to what you wanted. In other words, it is self-inflicted, and you choose your actions, therefore your consequences. No one can protect you from yourself. But being informed may prevent impacting mistakes you may later regret.

Ridge says

I wish that everyone online would know that the internet is a tool that is used to help people. The internet helps users find out information that they are looking for such as ask.com. Most kids think that the internet is just for Facebook or Twitter. The internet is a new world of technology that is endless in possibilities. When teachers let student s leave the classroom and got the use a computer the teacher expects that their doing their work, but sometimes that is not the case. Not all students, but some use the time that the teacher gives them to do their work for other things such as going on YouTube or other popular sites. Kids are getting on Facebook and twitter and other websites so when the teacher comes to check and sees some students not working they take away the privilege from the entire class. Students abuse the internet not using it for help, but using it to cheat. The only down fall to the internet is that a push of a button you could have whatever you are looking for. So kids use it to cheat on papers and projects. Since some kids get caught it limits others who don’t cheat to the usage of the internet in a class. What I’m saying mostly is that the internet is a helpful tool and we as students need to use it in the right ways so that all students will be able to use it unlimited in all classes.”

Quote the Facebook – mitch example.

Merrit says:

What I wish every person online would know is that what you post online is never truly private or deleted! You should be careful of the amount of personal information you post online because no matter what “majorly protected” website you are on other people can hack into is and access you “personal” information. Just because a website has a firewall up to protect your information, doesn’t guarantee your safety of someone uninvited reading and viewing your “personal” information. It’s sad to say that the personal things most people post online are not really kept personal. Be careful what you post online because the internet is never truly personal and once you make the mistake of post to much information on line you might live to regret it! A scary fact about the internet is that the pictures, post, and videos you “delete” off the internet are never truly removed. People need to be aware that what they do online is not only out there for the world to see but also may never truly be deleted! It’s scary to think that the mistakes you make are permanent so be careful of what you post and remember that you need to be willing to handle any consequences (good or bad) that come from your posts, pictures, videos, and any other materials you put online! The internet is a scary place, but most people don’t recognize that until it’s too late!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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