Like Miss Galea week 10’s learning paths have given me a very big wake up call of the dangers of sharing things online. It really does scare me that there are people out there that stalk others and do things to manipulate the vulnerable such as scamming people into giving them their money. Watching that ‘Take the lollipop’ video was quite confronting and made me think about how much information are we really sharing on the world wide web. It definitely made me think about how much information I have actually shared online, which is something I hadn’t really thought about until working through week 10’s learning paths. Because of this I am very thankful that this weeks learning paths have been added to the EDC3100 StudyDesk. This is simply because I think it’s very important to understand and know how to be safe, ethical and responsible when using ICTs; not just in our personal lives but also when working with students in the classroom and scaffolding them through learning through the use of ICTs. Without the knowledge of how to be safe, ethical and responsible online young children could be in danger of oversharing to people they don’t want to be oversharing to.
After writing this post I became curious about the topic of safety online, so I did some research and I found a website that gives some advice on how to stay safe online. This website can be accessed here. I think it’s important that as future teachers we are aware of the dangers of sharing things online and that we can educate our students on how to be safe, ethical and responsible when using ICTs. I think my knowledge in this area is pretty good, however I still need to learn a lot in regards to this and I still need to learn a lot in regards to how to approach this subject with young children, so that they know what to do and what not to do online.