Category Archives: Digital Literacies

Data Mining + Social Media = What You Need to Know

What is Social Media

so·cial me·di·a
Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
Social Media Use


What is Data Mining

da·ta min·ing
The practice of examining large databases in order to generate new information.

How Do You Use Social Media?

Take a look as some of the these Social Media Cases: Facing the Consequences Articles
Create a New Post
1. Title – Social Media Cases
2. Categorize – Portfolio
3. Tag – Digitalfootprint
Who was involved?
What took place?
When did it happen?
Where did it take place?
Why did it happen?
What do you think about the outcome of this situation? Explain
Did you learn anything from this article, or did this article change they way you think about Social Media?

Just a Reminder About Using Social Media…What is Your Digital Reputation?


  • If it isn’t true – don’t say it.
  • If it’s only partially true, but it’s embellished so as to make you look good or important – don’t say it.
  • If it is a technical truth, but the major portion of facts are left out so as not to incriminate you – don’t say it.


  • Is what you are planning to say helpful to the listener?  It may be true, but is it helpful?
  • Some people make excuses for their gossip simply because it is true. Just because something is true doesn’t mean it is helpful.


  • Your words can either build up or tear down.
  • There are a lot of unfiltered words being spoken that are focused on tearing others down.
  • Imagine the perspectives you could change – the lives you could change – if you put more thought into the words you speak and tried to inspire those who would hear it.


  • This might just be the first question you need to ask.  Is it necessary?  If not, it most likely would be best left unsaid.


  • Is what I am about to say harsh? Or, is it gentle and kind?
  • Harsh, unfiltered words are always better left unsaid.

Some Questions to Think About

Have you considered that anyone, anywhere, can see this?
Have you considered that you post may never deleted?
Will I feel good about this post later?
What is your motivation?

What is Your Digital Footprint?

What is a Digital Footprint?

Common Sense Media: Digital Footprint Intro from Joaquin E. Jutt on Vimeo.

A digital footprint is the collection of all the traces you leave in electronic environments as you use or move through them. Some is content you actively volunteer—like your Facebook profile. Other material is passive—the cookies a site stores in your browser, the content your district collects about your use of their equipment, etc. All this data can be aggregated to build a profile of you and your behavior.

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True Story

Read: One Stupid Tweet…

Task #1

After watching both of the video’s above and reading the article, leave a comment on the blog post about something you found interesting or something you learned. Did you prefer one video over the other? Do you agree or disagree with the information provided? What are your initial thoughts and feelings about what has been presented?

Before you COMMENT take time to THINK about what you POST

Task #2

You are going to write your first post. Your first post is about your digital footprint. Think about the following:

  • If we were to look you up online what would we learn about you ?
  • What things make up your digital footprint?
  • Is your digital footprint positive or negative?
  • Is there anything you would change with your digital footprint?

– Give your post a great title (Something related to digital footprints)

– Make sure you use categories and tags! (Categorise this post in Portfolio, Tag this post with a least 3 tags, embed a video about digital footprints

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Task #3

In groups of 2-3, you are going to comment on 2-3 other students blog posts about their digital footprints. You already know how to comment, remember to THINK before you comment. In order to access other students blogs, all you need is their username, simply type in the students username at the end of the URL, and it will take you directly to their blog. See the example below, student usernames consist of their first name, last initial -2013 (e.g. gracef-2103)

Tips for Managing Your Footprint

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Some Other Things to Think About

  • Never post anything that you might find embarrassing later.
  • Be careful with the pictures you post on your public profiles. Remember others will see them and judge you based on their content.
  • Change the privacy settings on your social networking sites so that only your Friends can see your information
  • Do not disclose your personal address, phone number, passwords. Bank card numbers…etc even in private messages. There is always the possibility of somebody hacking into your account and finding them.
  • Do not post things to bully, hurt, blackmail, insult, or afflict any kind of harm on others
  • Always keep in mind that once information has been posted online, it can be almost impossible to remove because of archiving and file sharing. Even though you deactivate your accounts, the information may still be retrieved by others.

Additional Resources

Riverside Safety and Appropriate Use of Technology Poster: Tech Appropriate Poster

Digital Citizenship for Teens: Click Here

Cybraryman Digital Footprints: Click Here

Your Digital Presence: Click Here

Blogging Safety Tips

Your personal blog is an awesome way to express yourself, and showcase the things you are learning in school and in life. Unfortunately, blogs are also a place where criminals can collect important information about you if you are not safe.

Seven  safety tips for blogging

  1. Think carefully about how public your blog is. Think of a sliding scale. The more personal or identifiable the information you share, the fewer people you should share it with. If you want your blog to be public, only disclose what you want everyone on the Internet (the public) to know. Otherwise, keep your blog private. Also, periodically review who has access to your site and make changes if necessary. We all know that friends change over time-for example, you drift apart or experience a rift that breaks the friendship. How will your information be treated then?
  2. Keep identifying details to yourself and close friends. A good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t share the info on your blog with a strange guy on a dark street, don’t post it for the public.
    • Don’t use your real name on your site (or anyone else’s either). Your friends already know the details and its no one else’s business. Create a nickname or screen name that doesn’t attract the wrong kind of attention or help someone find you.
    • Don’t give information that puts you on the map. Don’t mention such details as your address, school, where you work, even the town name if it’s small.
    • Don’t reveal any information that gives away your age such as your birth date or year of graduation.
  3. Be smart about the photos/music you post. What does the picture show about you-does it attract the wrong kind of attention or help someone find you? Be careful about sharing your feelings in your blog. You probably express feelings in your blog through other ways than just writing. The poems you select, the music you list, the pictures you post-all these tell a lot about who you are and how you feel. A snapshot, too, can reval how you feel about yourself-proud of your body, lacking self-confidence, sad, trying to look sexy or cool? All of this is great information to a predator who’s on the hunt and who would be delighted to make you feel important or special.
    • What’s in the background? Does the photo show your house number, a street sign, a license plate, a clear landmark?
    • Did you caption your photos with full names or other identifying details? How does the combination of both text and photos (or videos) multiply the amount of personal information that’s displayed?
    • What’s on your shirt? The name of your school, sports team, or club? Your name?
    • Who’s in the picture? If it shows friends or family members, you may be putting them at risk, too.
    • What else do you see? Can you tell the economic status of the individual or family? Does the photo show emotional vulnerability?
  4. Check out what your friends write about you. In their blogs, they may be announcing that they’ll miss you because your family is going on vacation-and you may come back to a burglarized house. Or maybe they’re giving out your address or real name so someone can find you. Check the comments they leave on your blog, too, to make sure they don’t give away personal details.
  5. Be very cautious about meeting in person someone you only know through blogging.
    Everything they’ve told you about themselves and their motivation for meeting you may be completely true – or none of it could be. They may feel like a close friend, but they are still a stranger, so never go alone to meet.
  6. If you think there’s a problem, report it. Immediately. No one has the right to threaten or upset you. Ever. If anyone (even someone you know) sends you something creepy, says something scary, asks lots of personal questions, or tries to meet you, report the problem. (If you’re a minor, talk to an adult you trust.) Every service should make it easy to report abuse function; if your blogging service doesn’t, consider switching providers.

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