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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Welcome to week two of our course on becoming a digital citizen. Hopefully by now you have managed chance to engage with your fellow students and shared some information and had some good discussions online. This week our theme is digital identity and security. We’ll be looking at building a digital profile, what sort of tools can you use. What are the pros and cons of sharing information online. Finally we’ll look at how you can stay on the right side of the law; issues around data protection, copyright legislation. In summary everything you need to participate safely online.

Introduction to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of our course on Becoming a Digital Citizen. We hope you have learnt some new things in the past week and are starting to consider some of the skills that are required to participate in the digital society.

This week we will learn more about digital literacies, including new literacies and disruptive literacies, moving beyond the basic digital skills to higher order critical thinking. We will consider some of the stereotypes that have emerged, and labels such as ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’.

We will hear from a range of staff from the University of York, including academics, professional staff and the York University Student President about some of the challenges associated with developing an online profile.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this week you should have:

  • Developed an understanding of your online identity and what the information you share online tells people about you
  • Applied appropriate privacy settings to your online account
  • Explored the laws associated with publishing information about yourself and others
  • Considered some of the challenges and responsibilities of engaging online

We hope that you enjoy the topics we will be covering this week, and that through the process of exploring some of these online tools you will be able to develop your digital literacies.

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