“She is the BOMB!” ”Really freakin cool, really smart!” ”Coolest teacher in the whole world even though she left us and went to Bolivia!” “She is asome!”
Yup, those are my reviews! Can you tell I taught in public schools? Guess I should have focused a bit more on spelling rather than being A-SOME! :)
It really made my day looking at those comments. I never knew the website Rate my Teachers even existed. I wonder how I would have felt if my comments from past students weren’t as flattering. What if I got a really bad rap and didn’t deserve it? How can we control what others say about us without our consent or knowledge? Are privacy settings really that private?
I believe that it is our responsibility as teachers to make sure that our students know about privacy on the internet. How do we teach them that photos, comments, even Instagram pictures are not really private (see attached article)? I am sure there are loads of resources out there to teach online privacy, but I did come across a reasonable resource called Common Sense Media that talks more in depth about online safety and has some great tools for middle school students.
Continuing on my privacy quest, I decided to look for other articles or even TED talks about online privacy. I came across one from Gary Kovacs that talks about how we are tracked online.
This video was informative, but also disturbing. I downloaded the app called Collusion. After only 10 minutes I was shown the one website that I accessed and then several others that were tracking me. This begs the question – how big is my digital footprint and WHO is following me?
The nugget that I can take away from this information in week two is “Do I practice what I teach?” My digital footprint is large and I am unsure of how much privacy exists out there with my name, address, marital status and star sign. If I really want students to understand online privacy then I need to be the first to model it.