AI in My Life; Module 2 – How to protect yourself online
In this module, students will learn how to protect their privacy online including how to protect against malware, what to do if hacked, what to do when faced with Cyberbullying, and will discuss image sharing. These lessons do not need to be completed in any particular order.
Lesson 1 – What is a Digital Footprint?
Introduction: Students learn what a digital footprint is. They will discover they leave traces or data behind on the Internet just by being online (or using apps). The students will learn about an AI-empowered platform, Apply Magic Sauce. They will use it to better understand their digital footprint and what their online profile looks like to marketers, future employers, etc. This lesson aims to empower young people to retain control of their data and get meaningful insights from their data.
Lesson 2 – The Future of Privacy
Introduction: Through this lesson, students will appreciate the importance of knowing how their personal data is shared. They’ll have obtained tips on avoiding data risk situations such as e-mail account hacking or malware attacks. Additionally, the students will discover if their apps are safe by running some of them through an online tool that rates apps as safe or not.
Lesson 3 – Image sharing
Introduction: Sexting (or the exchange of sexual texts, images, and videos) is becoming more common and normative among teens, but many young people are not aware of the possible consequences. In this lesson, we introduce the concepts of sexting, consent, and image-based sexual abuse; we further provide young people with advice and tools as to how to protect themselves and others in case of sexting and image-based sexual abuse, and we introduce them to recently-passed legislation that targets image-based sexual abuse.
We’ve also provided an optional activity to explore GDPR. Prior to discussing consent in the context of sexting, we introduce the concept of the “digital age of consent,” as specified in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and explain to students what this means in the context of their social media use.
Lesson 4 – Cyberbullying
Introduction: Cyberbullying and harassment are serious problems on online platforms (such as social media, instant/direct messaging, games, and gaming). Many young people across the globe are affected and in need of advice as to what to do when they encounter such situations. This lesson provides explanations as to what cyberbullying is and the features that distinguish it from other types of abuse such as harassment; we provide advice for young people on how to recognize cyberbullying and how to use various tools provided by online platforms to help themselves or someone else when they experience cyberbullying.