Personal networks

Gold Quest - Too Much Information

Social Networking


Watch the two videos below and read the Think About It questions that follow them. 

I Can Statement

  • explain why over-sharing on mobile devices can be harmful

Key Vocabulary

Privacy Settings: Privacy settings are controls available on many social networking and other websites that allow users to limit who can access your profile and what information visitors can see.

Security Settings: Security settings are important to protect your computer from attacks. You will want to lock them down and keep others from seeing your private data. 

Default Settings: The default settings are automatically given to a software application, computer program or device. You will want to go into both the privacy and security settings and manage them to protect your computer and data. 

Play the Vocabulary Game to practice the Key Vocabulary

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Watch the following videos, as a class, or with a parent or guardian. Afterward, discuss the questions.

Video One

(Alternative Location for this Video on YouTube)

Think About It questions:

  1. Why is Sarah so popular?
  2. How do you think Sarah feels?
  3. Would the right privacy settings have helped Sarah?

Video Two

(Alternative Location for this Video on YouTube)

Think About It questions:

  1. What does the picture on the bulletin board represent?
  2. How would you feel if a picture was posted that you don't like?
  3. What do you know about the security settings for common social media sites such as Facebook?   (Visit the Facebook Safety Center)
  4. How important is it to create:
    • Strong passwords
    • Change them frequently
    • Not to use the default settings for security, make them private
    • How to protect your contacts and messages?
    • To get rid of accounts you don't use anymore or never did but set up?



Completing this Quest

After watching the videos and reading the questions, discuss them with the class or in small groups. Answer them, share with the class, and write a reflection listing some things you learned from this activity, and some things to remember to share at home. 

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online