Internet safety

I’ve created the following presentation to use as a conversation starter with our grade 8 and 9 students. The objective is to have a discussion about the Internet and safety. I am framing the conversation with the idea that our non-digital selves co-exist with our digital selves, and that non-digital citizenship and digital citizenship are really two aspects of the same part of our personality, rather than being completely separate things.

I’d love some feedback.

(Can’t view the presentation above? See it here)



Here is a brief explanation of how I intend to use this presentation, which will probably make it more helpful for you as an educator. Lots of ums and aahs in this description as I did it in a hurry to get it up.



  • Hi David,
    I think the slide presentation is a great idea to kickoff conversation with your 8th and 9th grade students. I would love to see some text or headline or question on each slide so that 1, if students want to view it again, they can remember the discussion prompt; and 2, for viewers that are not going to hear your presentation live (like me and anyone else who looks at your link), we can get a better understanding of the different points you are making.

  • David Wees wrote:

    What I will do is create a screencast of my presentation, and then I can share that with you folks and my students. It wouldn’t be that long, since most of the presentation is intended to include discussion (and a couple of activities).

  • Christian Klaue wrote:

    Hi David,

    The brief presentation helped make your presentation more understandable for me. It looks like you have covered the major points. Maybe also include whqat the other side looks like. In other words, this is what you have done to your facebook site. What do others see when they access your site before and after security features were implemented. Possibly ask for a student volunteer and show them what IS actually visible without the settings. Security often does not hit home unless they can see how it affects them directly. Other than that, looks complete.

  • Markmiller wrote:

    That makes an ideal case for installing some kind of parental control app that prohibits kids from watching unwanted stuff. I already have one installed called Qustodio and I use it to block bad content as also watch who my son talks to on Facebook. It shows me the profile pictures of accounts that he interacts with. With measures such as these, I hope I can keep him away from such nasty stuff. You can Google for it.

  • David Wees wrote:

    Parental controls help prevent students from engaging in behaviour now, but I am not sure how successful they are in helping students develop an internal filter. What happens when your son turns 18? What about when he is over at a friend’s place where their parents do not have a filter?

    Install the parental controls if you like, but don’t forget to continue to talk to your son about the Internet and help him develop a set of guidelines he can use to self-regulate his own use of the Internet.

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