We were asked to briefly outline our “knowledge and experience with digital citizenship and the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in your personal and professional lives” including “bullying, cyber-bullying, spamming, phishing, identity theft”.
These are some of the technologies I interact with daily: My smart phone – not the latest model. Indeed, I only got one about 18 months to 2 years ago. A friend gave me an old one that was already 3 models behind the latest one but brought me into the 21st Century. The reason this happened was that my husband’s digital camera just wouldn’t cut the mustard to take photos of my art through a hole in a box (I won’t go into detail). Someone else loaned me their smart phone and I was amazed that it had superseded the quality of pixels of the purpose-made camera! From there I used it for communication through Messenger and Facebook, which I use on my desk top computer. I have used Skype, Google Docs, various account management programmes at work, design programmes, internet banking, a multitude of digital equipment for watching, recording, streaming, designing, and creating, for entertainment.
Having worked in telecommunications for 10 years I was aware of information being encrypted in mobile phones and understand that technology has moved on, but so have hackers and scammers. I tend to rely on friends who work with technology to keep me informed about security, spamming, and phishing issues. It is a good habit I have that I question almost everything that I see shared around on the internet, I’m mainly talking Facebook, and constantly eye-roll at the things I see people accept as fact without their cross-checking it. This is where I rely on Google to fact-check and my university studies have taught me how to verify sources. Having a child that grew up using the internet, as parents we constantly instructed, informed, and monitored access with regards to personal safety that has paid off, but not without some learning curves and consequences.
Summary of quiz results and reflection:
I scored 100% on this four question quiz about bullying. I think it demonstrates that my prior learning includes this subject matter about bullying. There are misconceptions about bullying that were evident in the questions such as, bullies have low self-esteem, bullying is not a serious issue that warrants legal consequences, cyberbullying has replaced other forms of bullying, the focus should be on the victim to stand up to the bully.
For the Cybersafety quiz I tried to think what a primary school student would answer. Behind this thinking is the following: When something says ‘free’ it’s quite tempting, even for adults. When someone is helping them with a site they could be preoccupied with getting a result and not remember not to share their password. Sharing passwords with parents or friends based on trust and for the latter, for fun and being silly. If they see something inappropriate online, I believe young people are more inclined to not tell anyone regardless of drilling because they may think they will get into trouble. Again, I have drawn on personal experience with my own child and with shows I’ve watched about stranger danger where children react rather than consider their actions.
What does this say about my original thoughts above?
Interestingly to me, I see my questioning skills and prior knowledge played a part in the quiz. I am not inclined to take things at face value and when being asked a question I question what the motive is behind the questioning. This forced me to really think about what I know about bullying but also what point the quiz was trying to make. Being familiar with both technology and parenting brought skills into play that makes me think that I could bring these skills to the classroom and use my experience to develop ICT experiences for authentic learning.