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The Internet
30 mins
90 points
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Think Before You Post

Learn about the importance of being cautious and thoughtful before posting anything online.
Learning Goals Learning Outcomes Teacher Notes

1 - Introduction

Today, we are going to learn about the importance of thinking before you post anything online. This is a crucial skill to have in order to protect your digital footprint and maintain a positive online reputation.

2 - Why is it important?

It's important to think before you post because once something is shared online, it can be difficult to remove or control who sees it. This can have long-lasting consequences on your digital footprint and your online reputation. Being cautious and thoughtful before posting can help you avoid negative consequences and maintain a positive online presence.

3 - Examples of Consequences

Here are some examples of negative consequences that can happen if you don't think before you post:

  • Embarrassment or hurt feelings if you share something private or personal about yourself or someone else.
  • Damage to your online reputation, which could affect future opportunities such as getting a job or being accepted into a school.
  • Legal trouble if you share copyrighted material or engage in cyberbullying.

4 - Tips for Thinking Before You Post

Here are some tips to help you think before you post:

  • Ask yourself if what you're about to post is true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind (T.H.I.N.K.).
  • Consider the feelings of others who might see your post.
  • Remember that what you post online can be seen by many people, including friends, family, teachers, and even strangers.
  • Take a moment to pause before hitting 'post' or 'send' to make sure you're comfortable with sharing the content.

5 - Practice T.H.I.N.K.

Now, let's practice using the T.H.I.N.K. method. Imagine you're about to post something online. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it True?
  • Is it Helpful?
  • Is it Inspiring?
  • Is it Necessary?
  • Is it Kind?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no,' consider not posting the content or revising it before sharing.

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