In developing a series of sessions on digital literacy I thought a good place to start would be that of basic computer safety including password management. Ahead of this is an initial discussion with students in terms of identifying what the risks and implications of using technology where no consideration has been given for computer safety and security.
The areas which I consider to represent the basic elements of safety are:
- Password and account management
- Risk associated with website access
- Social media dangers
- The danger of the ubiquitous use of email
- Data loss from mobile devices, portable storage or storage failure.
In discussing each I use the CIA acronym as a structure for examining the risks and safety measures. CIA refers to Confidentiality, Integrity and Accessibility. In discussing password management confidentiality may lead us to consider how we keep usernames and password confidential such that our files remain confidential. It may also leads us to discuss accessibility in that as users we want easy access to our data and therefore shorter easier to remember usernames and passwords seem preferable yet this run contrary to the need for confidentiality. This conflict may leads to examine how password managers might assist in achieving both confidentiality and accessibility.
The main aim of the first session will be to get students to consider their technological safety in greater detail and depth than they may have done previously. It is also hoped that this first session will allow for in group discussion and debate, which will set the tone for the discussion and debate which will be needed on some of the more moral or ethically related discussions in later sessions.
You can access the basic PowerPoint (yes, I know, a PowerPoint! Have just used it to create a basic framework only and have no intention of death by PowerPoint) related to session one here.
I would welcome any thoughts or comments.