Tagged: Digital Citizenship

Digital Footprint: A Reflection

Hi! I think this week has been amazing! But it is the end of our Digital Footprint week. This post will be a reflection of what I have learned, and also what I have learned from a few websites (Activity 7). Originally, I though one could only track emails, twitter of Facebook posts, social site posts, messages and blog posts/comments (even deleted ones). But I didn’t know someone could find all of your google searches and all of the sites you have visited. So that is actually really scary.

What I feel about digital footprints is that they actually like hammers, and the people who track you are carvers, chipping away at your privacy. And I feel that whoever is searching people up online or tracking people down should stop! Unless you are a government spy of course. But still, I dislike the idea of people tracking you down.

Anyways, this has been an enjoyable week, and for the next 7 weeks it will continue to be full of posts.

Tracking Teachers

Hello! I have just tried to discover more about a teacher that I have known for a few years. I couldn’t discover anything related to her because of restrictions with Facebook, Twitter and other websites. But I managed to discover a youtube channel. I also couldn’t find her professional blog. But then she found it for me with more detailed searches.

I think that her profile reveals too much information, like her last name and the city she lives in, if you look at some of her posts and pages, you can find the exact schools she works for and other things. But I think that is suitable for adults because they don’t need their personal information to be so hidden.

The school she works in did a good job of concealing other things such as her class blog and other sites related to her class. If you wanted to read about her class, the school has to give you some permissions, so I think that was quite good for privacy protection.

Anyways, I think overall she did a good job of concealing her identity.

Location Settings

Did you ever know that people can find out where you are just by your location settings? Also, did you know that your twitter, Instagram or other social site pages can be found also by location settings? Well, that’s all true! Your location settings allows your device to track where it is, and other people can see where you are. That’s basically how “People Near Me” on many social sites operate.

In a youtube video I watched, a man named Jack Vale, found personal information of many people and used it to freak them out. He did this by using the “People Near Me” feature on social sites. If you value your privacy and don’t want your private information out there, I recommend that you go to your settings application (on iPad) and turn your location settings off.

Sometimes your location settings can be on though, for applications like Google Maps, where only Google can track you. And that isn’t really a problem (to me). So maybe you could consider rejecting location settings on some applications, and use it on some other ones. But that is really your choice to make.

Anyways, here is the video I watched:

Advantages And Disadvantages To Being Online

Hi! Today I am going to write a post about the advantages and disadvantages of being online. I’m going to start by writing about 5 advantages.

1. The first advantage is that we can communicate with our friends and family really fast, so that they know where you are, and if you are safe. An example for that would be if I were to board a plane to Budapest, I would be able to call my parents once I got there, unlike before we were able to communicate so easily.

2. Another advantage is that we can make our community larger, and meet new people from all over the world. An example would be that if I were from Canada, I could easily connect with another student from Zimbabwe, and we could be friends.

3. The third advantage would be receiving news incredibly fast. In the past, if a relative died and someone was away, it would take days or even weeks for the news to be delivered, but now it could happen in a flash. My fourth advantage is that now, we can expand our knowledge using different sources, and be able to check them for accuracy really quickly.

4. A long time ago, if a friend told you 1+1 was 5, and you didn’t know it was 2, you couldn’t make sure he or she was right, but now you can with a simple click to a mouse or by pressing a button on any device!

5. And finally, I think that being online gives us better chances in life. We can easily ask anyone for advice or help for basically anything! Which is good because you can get things done more quickly and efficiently.

I know there are many more advantages, but now we have to move on to the disadvantages. I also have 5 very important ones.

1. The internet is full of liars and bad people, just like in real life! For example, someone online could tell me they were selling dolls and make me want to buy one for my friend. But when I pay for it, I might never ever get the doll, and it could be even worse than being tricked a few dollars.

2. You could get a virus or spam. People tend to send viruses just by accident, but some people don’t. So you have to make sure you have digital security to keep your device safe from viruses. I once received an email from a friend containing a virus, and my device basically broke down, so digital security is really important.

3. Your identity could be found, and your real safety could be threatened. Sometimes, people’s lives get turn around when they put too much information on social sites or blogs. For example, someone could have posted that they lived on Minecraft Road, Wonderland and also posted where there money was. So someone could easily steal your money because you put your address.

4. You could get arrested for doing unlawful things you didn’t know were illegal. It happens all the time! People watch movies they didn’t pay for that were not copyrighted, but all they wanted was a nice movie. But they could end up in very serious trouble. So you should really watch out to see if sights you are using are legitimate.

5. Your identity could be stolen. I know identity theft is quite unlikely, but people do such things! Someone could use your identity to do things online that are illegal or even just to try to embarrass you. Anyone could do it, literally anyone. Right now, I could open a twitter account named James Mcflurry, while I could also make a twitter account named anything I ever wanted. So people could steal your identity.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and keep safe online!

Digital Footprints: None VS Negative

Hi! Today Boey and I recorded a debate that we had. It was about having a negative digital footprint against none at all. We might have strayed off to talking about having technology but we only had minor time to finish it. I am sorry if it isn’t up to my normal standard. Anyways, here it is! And be sure to leave a comment with your opinion on which side you support!


Boey’s Blog

The 9 Elements Of Digital Citizenship

After reading an article about the nine elements of digital citizenship, I discovered I’m doing quite a good job. And I discovered quite a lot of very interesting things. I think the most important element is digital security, because you must have digital security before you can be a digital citizenship.

Digital law, rights and responsibilities and etiquette are also big ones for me, because I believe in being kind online, though sometimes that is not what I do. I also think they are important because these are the main points of being a digital citizen, and law, rights and responsibilities and etiquette are also very important in society.

I really enjoyed reading this article because it really covered everything to being a digital citizenship. So I recommend that you click on the link and learn more about digital citizenship.

My 5 Favorite Apps/Web Tools

I really love how we can do things much quicker now with the iPad, MacBook, PC and all kinds of other technology. I also love the tools that come with these devices. So today, I’m going to write about my 5 favorite web tools/apps! Please note that the order they come in are random, I like them all equally.

1. Pages
-Paid-
Pages is a wonderful writing tool. On pages, you can create posters, letters, business cards and all kinds of other things very easily! It’s very similar to Microsoft word, but I find it better because it is accessible on many devices. Pages costs money though, but it’s really worth it! Some people say it’s expensive, but you can probably make that decision with your parents. The cost is $9.99 (USD) and in my opinion, it’s quite reasonable.

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2. Keynote
-Paid-
Keynote is also an app made by Apple, and costs the same as pages. Keynote is a presentation tool that makes amazing presentations. With keynote, you can use different themes, have animations, add videos and add pictures to make your presentation as good as it can be. Again, similar to PowerPoint, but still more accessible. I usually use Keynote for school projects, but you can make some for leisure too! (things you believe in, things you want to change, etc.)

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3. Evernote
-Free-
Evernote is an UTTERLY AMAZING note taking tool. With an account, you can sync all your notes onto other devices and other Evernote apps. Evernote allows you to make notebooks and fill them with notes, and within those notes you can add PDFs, pictures and videos. You can also upgrade your account to get better features. I have to admit, it lags like crazy sometimes, and duplicates what you write 4-5 times. Which can be very annoying. But it’s a very good note-taking app for those who need one.

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4. Numbers
-Paid-
Another Apple-made app, numbers can make graphs, sheets, lists, plans and other things related to numbers in really soon. I have a nice graph to make sure I turn in all my chinese homework on this. And I think it’s had nice results. It also costs 9.99, but is super useful for those who like to map out stuff or make lists and graphs. Sometimes, I just like to play around with numbers because it’s quite fun to make lists for random stuff.

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5. Popplet
-Paid & Free-
Popplet is a mind-mapping app that can be used online, and with the apps. The lite version only allows 5 popplet a to be made. But you have unlimited ones with the full version. The online site for popplet is better for those PC or MacBook users, but the app is much better for people with smaller devices. I like popplet because I can make cool brainstorms and I can use it to map out books by writing character traits and linking them to the character.
Popplet Site

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Well, that’s it for this post. And I hope you’ll check out these apps.

My Digital Footprint

For my second post about digital footprints, I will be writing about my own. Sometimes I think that my digital footprint is fine, sometimes I don’t. It seems like the internet is a gigantic bee hive. And everyone has a place in it, no matter if you like it or not. Sometimes it even scares me how anyone can find information about you by just typing a few words on a keyboard.

My digital footprints is quite good, but it has some things in it that are no so good. Usually, my comments, tweets, searches and other things I do online are kind, but they aren’t always that good. Sometimes I can be sarcastic, mean and grouchy online. And I’ll admit to those mistakes I’ve done. I’ve even been banned from a minecraft server for being mean! But generally, my digital footprint is pretty good. Whenever I make mistakes, I try to do better the next time. I usually learn from my mistakes, but in the rare cases I don’t, I always get a punishment.

I tried searching myself and several of my account names on google, and I’ve found that a lot of information about me is online, so I’ve set a goal to try to stop having to have all of this information for people to see. And I have to say that I’m proud of myself that I made sure my twitter name is Felix Da Cat, and doesn’t have my last name on it.

Anyways, thanks for reading this post! And make sure YOUR digital footprint is positive!

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Digital Footprint: A Comparison Of 2 Videos

This week, I will be posting posts every single day! And they will all be somehow related to digital footprints! I’m doing this because of the student blogging challenge. Which for those bloggers who haven’t joined yet, do so now!

So, in this post I will be comparing the two videos I have left the videos to at the bottom of this post. If you don’t want me to spoil the videos, I recommend you watch them before you read this. Some similarities between these two videos are that they both teach you the basics of a digital footprint. Which is a “footprint” you leave whenever you do something online. Any comment, tweet, picture, or post you put online are part of your digital footprints.

Now to the differences between the two videos. One difference is that the first video better shows a digital footprint you leave whenever you do something online. While the second, shows how in the course of your life, you leave a digital dossier, which is a record of everything you do online. Another difference is the way the videos are presented. The first is all in letters for the viewer to read and learn from, while the second one has a voice that explains everything. Something else is how it is designed, both used good design, but I liked the design of the first video more because it looked better in general. And also shows C.R.A.P (contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity) better.

But in general, I would prefer the first video to learn the basics of digital footprints because it is easy to understand and teaches all the basics, but it is undeniably freaky. While the second one teaches about something bigger, your digital dossier is not only made up of your actions, but of the people all around you. So I think both are quality videos.

Here are the videos: