Essential Question: How can you keep safe online and protect yourself from online identity theft?
As you navigate the internet you will eventually visit sites that request information about your identity. It is important that you learn to adopt a critical inquiry process to empower you to be able to protect yourself and your family from identity theft. In this lesson, you will learn to think critically about the user information that some websites request or require. Additionally, you will learn the difference between private information and personal information, and you will have to decide what information is safe and unsafe to share online.
ASK: What type of information do you think is okay to share online, on a profile that others will see, for example?
Interests such as comic books, gaming, things you collect
Favorite Activities like dancing, playing sports, reading
Opinions about a movies or books you've read
Music you like to listen to
Style of clothes you like
Register (online)- to enter your information in order to sign up and get access to a website
ASK: What are some types of websites that typically require users to register on in order to gain access to the site?
Social Networking Sites
Discussion boards for kids
Let's visit some websites that require users to register. As you review the online registration page of each of these websites, consider they TYPE of information that each site requires or requests before users can participate on their site.
ASK: What specific information did you notice is required on each site? ... Why do you think these sites require this type of information?
age / grade
gender (girl or boy)
State you live in
ASK: What information is optional on the online registration examples you've seen? Why do you think this information is optional and not required?
Parent Email Address
State you live in
Personal Information- information that can't be used to identify you, such as your age, gender, how many siblings you have, your favorite food, etc.
Personal Information is usually safe to share online
Private Information- information that can be used to identify you, such as your social security number, your name, your school name, email address, phone number, and house address
Private Information is usually not safe to share online. Students should get permission from a parent/guardian or teacher before giving out private information.
Identity Theft- when a thief steals someone's private information in order to pretend to be that person
ASK: Why would someone want to steal someone else's online identity?
To steal money
To do something bad or mean
To hide their own real identity
An identity thief uses private information to pretend to be the person whose identity he/she has stolen. Once a thief has taken someone's identity, he/she can use that person's name and other private information to get a driver's license or buy things. An identity thief can even use another person's private information to apply for a credit card and purchase things up that cost a lot of money. Identity thieves never pay their bills! It is even possible for people to use a person's name who isn't even old enough to have a driver's license or a credit card! In fact, young students and teens are often the targets of identity thieves because kids have clean credit histories and parents aren't often checking their children's credit scores. It is often not until much later after an identity has been stolen that the victim realizes or learns that their identity has even been taken.
Important: Private information can be used by an online predator to steal your identity. Personal Information can not usually be used to steal a person's identity.
THINK: What kind of information could an identity thief use to find out and steal your identity?
APPLY: What kinds of personal information could you share about yourself without showing your identity?
A link to your online assessment has been placed below by the day of the week that your class meets in the computer lab. Please be careful to click on the correct link. Your teacher will direct you how to log in and post the log in password during class. Please double check that your homeroom teacher's name is listed on the top of your test once you log in.
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