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Cyber Smart

Cyber Smart

There are many ways to be cybersmart. 
Here are some key ideas we need to keep in mind when on the internet, to ensure that we keep ourselves safe.

Smart Relationships
Being a good friend online
What is the smart thing to do when friendships turn sour
How to be a good friend online
How to protect myself from things going wrong with my peers and friends
Know who people are
What do I really know for sure about the people I meet online
What should I do if I am uncomfortable about a relationship I have formed online

Smart Footprint
Creating a positive digital footprint
How am I advertising myself
Post stuff that will make your parents proud
Remember it will be there forever (understanding of how the internet/caching etc works)
What information is ok to give away online
Protecting passwords
Smart Profile

Smart Media
Being able to critically examine everything online and not take it at face value
Everything is on a continuum of real to fake
How images are manipulated to portray information eg images to make people look better
How music and video is enhanced and edited

Smart Surfing
Identifying places a cyber smart kid wouldn't visit/look at
What is the smart thing to do when you land on a page or site that is inappropriate
Understanding how the internet works
          What is the best browser to use
Viruses, etc
Smart searching
            What keyword(s) should I use

Smart Learners
Smart learners are Information Literate
Digital Literacy
How do I check if information is true
How do I verify URLs/Content
How credible are information sources
How do I acknowledge the source of my information
Smart searching
            What keyword(s) should I use
            Searching for images that are labelled for re-use

Smart and Legal
Smart using and keeping
What I'm allowed to download/use
What I should check first before downloading
What I am allowed to subscribe to
What I'm legally allowed to belong to( sign up for) on the internet 

Smart Money
All matters of using money online
Buying and selling
Credit cards vs Paypal
Responding to requests for money (especially from Nigeria) 

Smart Parents
Being a cyber smart parent!
What sites are the best for my children
How much time should my child spend on the internet?
Relationships - knowing my kids friends
Where should my child access the internet ie a physical space
Do I know what my child has subscribed to?
Do I know what is legal and illegal online?