Digital Security and Safety




1.Overview/Description of the various aspects of the topic.

Digital Security and Safety is an issue that relates to a person's well-being and safety on a computer. Safety and security are two topics that are closely related. Security is the condition of being protected against danger, loss, and criminals. Safety is the condition of being protected against non-desirable events. Some studies have shown "The odds of becoming a cyber victim have dropped to 1 in 6, from 1 in 4 last year.[1]

Some examples of potentially unsafe sites online are Facebook and Myspace, which can sometimes can be dangerous because there can be bullying online. On facebook and myspace you can put your picture or pictures on and some people put inapporaite pictures on, which is not safe because thier are always predators out there on the internet and they could see your picture and ask to meet. If you agree to go and meet them then you could be injured.

Video - "Digital Security and Safety" - Group 2a QATAR ACADEMY

Elementary Aged Students

Young children throughout the world are unaware of the danger that is on the internet. Elementary students enjoy playing online games. The parents of these children think that games online are not endangering their kids, but they actually are at a high risk of danger. Online games are harmful because of the features that they offer to young children. Playing online games can become addictive. Children can become addicted and unhealthy when playing online games on the computer because they are sitting at a computer for several hours when they should be working on their daily exercises.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

A lot of middle and high school students are members of websites like Myspace and Facebook. To some teens, these websites become addictive and they become so obsessed with talking to people that they start talking to anybody. They need to learn to not put personal information on their page like their phone number or their address because some of the people who look at that would want to hurt them.
Another problem with teens is that some of them download illegal music and videos. Two of the most common sites are
Frostwire and Limewire.
Another thing some teens do is download free software and then their computers run really slow. That's because spyware is usually packaged with the free software. Three ways to keep your computer safe is "only download free software from reputable sites, kids and teens should be told to ask permission before downloading anything, and you can eliminate most spyware by downloading the free Microsoft Windows Defender and scanning your PC." [2]

Safe Chat

This is a model for the middle school students to do.

Internet Safety

This video shows how a predator can attack you by just knowing your phone number and your address. So be careful!!!

Blogging Tips for Teenagers
Being safe on blogs and other websites is very important. I have found some tips to help us be safer on the Internet, which is an important part of a teenager’s everyday life. The first way to be safe is to avoid posts that enable online predators to find and locate you. This means to not give information out like where you go to hang out, your name (last name especially), where your school is and its name, and especially where you live, because everybody can see what you write including the predator. Most people don't know this, but if you give out your phone number, than anybody, including a predator, can type your phone number into google and then they can see where you live. This helps a predator lead straight to you.
If someone asks you for private information, DO NOT give it to them. It should be a red flag for you to ignore him or leave the chat room. Also, in chat rooms, if you feel something is going wrong and you feel uncomfortable with anything, leave the chat room immediately. Never have your screen name the same as a nick name. Online predators can sometimes track you down by screen names, which are private unless you give them out. Remember, if your going to have a blog or belong to a chat room, be safe and follow the rules. Also if you find something abnormal online, tell an adult you know and someone you can trust 100%.
Always be yourself when on an online blog, which means never put fake information about yourself. In addition, always be respectful to others. If you write a bad comment, it might come back to you. Also, don’t put many pictures about yourself unless you can trust who your sending pictures to. It only helps online predators having a picture of you. Never, never have an in-person meeting. You never know if the person you are meeting has bad intentions. Be honest about your age. If there is an age limit on a chat room then there is probably a reason for one. You never know what you are getting into on the internet.
The last tip is that you shouldn't meet anybody without your parent's permission. The reason is because even though you think you know very well the person by catting with them online for few years, it might be the predator that wants to harm you. The predator might told you the false information that he/she is the same age as you or live near your house. So you have to be careful if you are meeting the right person.


Although adults are able to have a form of independence, safety and security is very important. They have to be cautious about doing things like online banking or putting personal information online. Adults who put credit card numbers and other personal information should be aware of pharming and
phishing. Many adults believe because they are experienced, they know how to be safe. They need to make sure the website they are putting personal information on is secure. You need to look for the "https" at the link of the website.

When adults commonly think of online safety they think of online fraud. Identity takers feed off information given out online. If you are a victim of identity fraud it could have an effect on your future. Other than just internet fraud another thing adults have to worry about while online is cyber stalking. Cyber stalking is another way of harassment through the computer. Cyberstalking includes threatening emails, people posting private information about you for others to see, and posing as you online. Many adults seem to feel like they're older so they are less likely at risk for having predators after them. This is not the case. Websites such as eharmony.com and match.com are websites that leave predators open to find people. If you do plan on meeting someone you meet at one of these sites you should make your date at a public place and make sure not to be alone.

Password Saftey

Many people don't realize how important it is to have a secure password. A password is like a key to the door of your personal space on the internet. It is extremely important to keep your password safe. Some ways to choose a secure password are to use a word(s) that is totally unrelated to you. DO NOT use your maiden name, your dogs name, your phone number, your birthday, or any other things that could be related to you. A word on its own isn't very strong, so to increase strength you can add numbers and or symbols. An example of this is if you use the word " apple ", on its own it won't be very secure. If you were to put some numbers and symbols, then it would make it " apple321 " and it would be more secure. If you were to make some of the lower case letters capitals, "aPpLe321 " then it would be even stronger. If you wanted the most secure password possible, then you could insert some symbols, making it " (aPpLe321) "After 30-60 days of using the same password, it would be wise to alter or change your password. You should also use different passwords for different applications. If you would like to test your password,
click here

Internet Safety for Adult:
When most adults think of internet safety, they think of children/teenagers that are irresponsible online.
Even though the internet is a wonderful resource, there are weird people in the world searching for your information. Here’s how to avoid them.

Adware, Spyware, and Viruses:
In today’s time, there are all kinds of little hackers that think there the best and can rule the world. They want you to download there program that “Helps you download freely, Work on EBay, Hack a game, Ect.” Come to find out, the little “Friendly Purple Monkey named Bonzi. Viruses like Trojan Horses and Spyware that hack your computer and assess your personal files like bank accounts, credit accounts, and other vital important info

The WWW is full of scams that are only interested in accessing your personal life and getting into your bank accounts, credit cards and other vital important info. Some popular covers for frauds include:
· Online Surveys
Low credit card owners offering to help you get it back up
· Setting up accounts on bogus Action Sites

Cyber Stalking:
This one of the most dangerous things on the internet; people every day are blackmailed into giving personal info like Accounts, credit card numbers, and others info. If you receive or see:
Threatening E-Mails
Post showing you differently to destroy your character
· Info About your life posted on the internet

2. How safety and security positively and negatively impacts people

How safety & Security positively impacts people

  • you can know where you can rely on some of the website or blogs
  • you feel comfortable to talk to each other sometimes when you are in a reliable website
  • you don't have to tell every single thing about yourself to people online

How safety & Security negatively impacts people

  • sometimes strangers can put weird/inappropriate pictures online of you in other sites without your permission
  • you may accidentally reveal your personal information to other strangers and might get in danger
  • people sometimes bully other people they don't know
  • sometimes, the predators make websites to attack you. They make you think the website is reliable and forces you to tell them your personal information

2. Background of the topic including specific real examples.

Describe background.

Elementary Aged Students

Schools in the United States that receive e-Rate discounts on their telecommunications services and internet access will soon be required to educate their students about online safety, sexual predators, and cyper bullying by a recent law passed in the federal legislation in both the Senate and the House. Students will learn about appropriate online behavior and internet safety. The internet can be harmful and helpful to elementary students. The internet is a global system that contains various information resources and services that help benefit to a student's academic growth and preparation for the employment of a job. This system contains harmful information and sexual predators that can destroy a young child's life. Sexual predators prey on the innocence of young children. They feed on the trill of violating trust. Sexual predators are child oriented, to the point of obsession. Such deviates spend their time watching children, talking to them, and evaluating their mind frame. They watch for what activates their change in mood and use it to play with their emotions. Sexual Predators are dangerous and you should be aware of their harm.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

Teenagers everywhere use blogs such as Myspace and Facebook. They need to be safe and secure while they do these, as online predators with bad intents can find you if you give to much information. We as teens must obey online laws and common sense.When online teens usually disregard things there parents tell them. Sexual and online predators can ruin a person's childhood if they are able to find them. They can also put the wrong ideas into the minds of children, making them unwanted and bad for your health.

3. Social / ethical aspects of the topic including how real people and communities have been positively or negatively affected and legal consequences

Elementary Aged Students

Young children all across the world use webkinz and play online games. Kids spend a majority of their time playing these games when they should be playing around outside and getting fresh air. These addicting games are unhealthy and dangerous for young children to be involved with. I am not convinced that parents who have kids that play these online games are aware of the consequences. Most online games are harmful but some games are helpful to students. I am not saying that it is dangerous to stay on the computer, but many inexperienced children stay on the computer for many hours which is dangerous to their health. I hope the topics that we have talked about will make you more aware of the dangers on the internet.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

Teens use Myspace and Facebook to talk to their friends and stuff. Although, others that they don't know just might become interested in them. Online predators try their best to find out where you live. If they do, it can be bad for your health and childhood. On one website, I found a story in which a real life person fell in love with someone on the Internet. It turned out she left with him for a while and it turned out he was a sexual predator. Always be safe on the Internet.


Write an overview of this topic as it relates to adults.

4. Possible solutions to the problems that have emerged.

Elementary Aged Students

One solution that you can take into consideration is to limit your time you spend on the computer. You can spend less amount of time on the internet and more time exercises and spending time with your friends and family. When you do get online try playing educational games that are beneficial to your knowledge and do not play games that are just exciting and fun to play. You should always remember to never give out your personal information to strangers. If a sexual predator ask you personal things just stop, block, and tell. This means to stop talking to them, block them from talking to you, and tell a guardian about your specific situation.

Middle/ High School Aged Students

One possible solution is to be safe while blogging. Also, never have a personal meeting. Never include your full name, address, or school, as they can look up your name and find you. Never put pictures online that could help online predators find you. If someone who talks to you online does not seem right or makes you nervous just stop talking to them and tell an adult. Just let them handle it because they are smarter and wiser in those kind of situations.


There is always a solution to problems. A possible solution for security and safety for adults is to be aware of harm. Adults have to know how to avoid hackers and such.

5. Guideline(s) or rule(s) by age group

A. Elementary Aged Students

  • Elementary Kids should only go on websites, with their parents consent.
  • Kids should not enter chat rooms without a legal adult supervising the chat room
  • Elementary Kids should only go on protected websites.
  • As In real life Elementary kids should not talk to strangers
  • Kids Should Never give out personal information on the internet no matter who it is too.

B. Middle / High School Aged Students

  • Teens need to be safe and never give out information
  • Be careful what they download.
  • Be their selves because they don't need to be what they're not.
  • Not talk to strangers.

C. Adults

Adults - How are they affected by digital security and safety?

Adults use the internet every day and they are at risk, almost more than teenagers because they also use things like online banking. Often, adults give out personal information to websites that they think are safe, and then people take their information. Mainly adults are at risk here because they have access to the most websites. Even though adults are supposed to be mature and know about the risks and dangers in the internet, they are often the age group that forget to protect their safety and identity. Many adults participate in chat rooms and think that because they are "adults" they are not at risks or that nothing can harm them.

Digital Safety and Security is a very important topic in our daily life and it affects every one that uses digital machines, mainly internet. In the modern days, safety and security on the net is important because as technology is developing, hackers and maybe identity theft is developing at the same time. We have to be extremely careful about interacting with people on social networking sites, on giving out personal information and on protecting yourself. Also on professional websites like facebook that seem safe, there have now been issues towards the topics of identity theft and hacking into people's accounts. Here is a list of great resources and news articles or other related media to this topic:

http://ad4dcss.wikispaces.com/Digital+Security+and+Safety - A wiki-space that gives different links to related sites about digital security and safety.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_safety - Wikipedia describes different aspects of digital safety.
http://www.eeye.com/html/index.html - Website that explains and allows you to purchase a digital security product whihc protects your computer and you before risks on the internet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmyIehnA5PI- This is a video on YouTube discussing the issue if your digital safety is at risk and how to protect yourself.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2008/10/tech_podcast_features_john_pal.html?nav=rss_blog - This is a news article talking about today's technological information
http://www.chatdanger.com/resources/ - A site that has many links you can go on to look for some more information about digital seucirty and safety.
http://orvsd.org/digital-citizenship-and-internet-safetycheck-out-what-school-district-did - A site contained with some lessons you can have online about digital secuirty and safety.

I hope these resources will help everyone else in this group.

Bookmarks on this Topic

  1. ^ "Protect Yourself Online." Consumer Reports Sep 2008: 23-25.
  2. ^ "7 Online Blunders." Consumer Reports Sept 2008: 26-27.