One of our responsibilities as teachers using digital media in our classrooms is to make sure our students are well aware of the dangers underlying this use of media. This is the core issue that digital citizenship discusses and we have already featured a great guide specifically designed to help teachers teacher their students about online safety tips and tricks. Google Good to Know has also another great guide that is completely free and provides teachers and students with a treasure trove of ideas and tips on staying safe online and on dealing and managing their online data.
Google Good to Know has four sections . I am including them below together with some excerpts on what they are about. Click on any title to access its corresponding tutorials.
1- Stay Safe Online
In this section you will learn about some great tips for staying secure on the web. These tips include :
A- Password Tips
" Passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. It’s important to pick strong passwords that are different for each of your important accounts and to change them regularly. Here are some ideas to help create strong passwords..."
" A phishing website or message tries to trick you into revealing personal information by appearing to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, social network, or even Google. We’re always on the lookout for phishing attempts, fake sites and Internet scams and we protect web users from visiting malicious sites roughly 3 million times every day..."
" The term “malware” covers all sorts of malicious software designed to harm a computer or network. Malware can be installed on your machine without your knowledge, often through deceptive links or downloads posing as something you might be interested in. Once malware has been installed on your computer, cyber criminals can sometimes try to access your personal information..."
D- Safe Networks
" It’s good to be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know or trust – like Internet cafés. The service provider can monitor all traffic on their network, which could include your personal information......"
E- Mobile Security
" Whether you use your mobile phone to search for something on the web, or download the latest app, here are some tips and advice to protect yourself, your information and your phone....."
2- Your Data on The Web
B- iP Addresses
" Your computer’s IP address is used by the Internet to send the webpage you want to view to the right computer (and not one halfway round the world). Your IP address often includes some information about your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your location..."
" Another way that websites can get to know a little bit about you is by having you sign in to an account. Once you’re signed in, the site can remember more of your information. What it is will depend on the type of site,...."
3- Manage your Data
A- Search Personalization
" Sometimes we customize your results based on your past search activity on Google. This customization can use searches you’ve done and results you’ve clicked in the past. The way this is done is different depending on whether you’re signed in to a Google Account or not,....
B- Me on The Web
" Managing what you share about yourself online is a bit like having people over for dinner. You show them around. Cook a fantastic meal. But they’ll only see what you want them to see, because you probably prefer to keep some things to yourself (and will keep those hidden away)...."
C- Google Accounts
" We think you knowing more about your use of Google is a good thing. Account Activity gives you more insight into how you’re using Google services while signed in and helps you to manage your information on Google....."
4- Your Data on Google
A- Making Search more relevant
" Most people find what they are looking for on Google most of the time. But we know that our search results don’t always give you what you were looking for, and that is because there is inevitably an element of guesswork involved, especially when the search term is ambiguous....."
B- Search Logs
" Have you ever wondered what happens when you type your query into the Google search box and what data we store about that search?..."