Digital Citizenship: Privacy & Security

Digital Citizenship: Privacy & Security
Posted on 05/16/2019
DecorativeFCPS is helping students become good digital citizens by providing monthly tips on media and technology. This month's tip is focused on privacy and security.

It is important to protect your privacy on your computers and phones.

Computer Privacy - Take a look at the privacy settings offered in your browser (usually found in the Tools menu) to see whether you can fine-tune them to keep the good and block the bad. Websites install cookies on your computer that track your movements. Some cookies can be beneficial but some are designed to remember everything you do online and sell that information to advertisers and other companies.

Smartphone Privacy - Settings on smartphones vary, but you can tighten up privacy with these precautions:
  • Turn off location services. That prevents apps from tracking your location.

  • Don't let apps share data. Some apps want to use information stored on your phone (your contact list, for example). Say no.

  • Enable privacy settings on apps you download. Make sure your teens are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook.
Worried about how to keep your kids safe on the internet? Watch this Common Sense Media video to discover six ways your kids can protect their online identities.

The information and tips above are created using content from Common Sense Media.
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