Online Safety: Sharing Personal Information

Talking to kids about staying safe online can be a tricky one.  Today’s young people have an unprecedented level of opportunity to engage with information, activity, and each other in an online environment – an environment that is often only sparsely populated with adults for guidance and supervision.  Because of this, talking to kids about how they conduct themselves online can be a bit of a minefield – low adult participation often leads to high skepticism of our advice.  Also, social intervention suggestions from adults don’t exactly have a good track record for street cred.

This graphic is from a conversation I had with some upper primary students last week about the kinds of information we’re comfortable to share online.  We talked about it in terms of whose business that information is.  The filter for “would you share it with Anybody” was whether you’d be happy to wear it on a t-shirt & yell it through a megaphone at the train station.

The conversation about “Trusted People” revolved around people we trust implicitly.  Friends, family friends, and companies with good public reputations allows the flexibility to join online services and sign up for things like the Weet-Bix TRYathlon.

When talking about the things we’d only share with our families, we talked about the notion of details we share with our families such as our address & surname, and how it’s probably a nice thing to do to filter sharing that information through someone else like a parent.

What do you think?  Are those tiles all in the right place?  Would you change anything around?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments.



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