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eSmart: Privacy Awareness Week

21 May 2018 by

This year we celebrated Privacy Awareness Week from Monday, 14 May to Friday, 18 May.  The official theme this year was to “Value personal data – it’s worth protecting” and over the week students were provided with reminders as to how they can take steps to protect their identity online.

Personal information is any information or combination of information that enables an individual to be identified. Personal information is used by many businesses for legitimate communication but can be misused by criminals or inappropriately used by marketers if they gain access to personal details. These details may include your full name, your address, phone number, school, date of birth, email address, username,  passwords and of great importance, your banking details.

Many online services require users to provide some personal information in order to use their service. Prior to providing personal information, students should think about what can be done with their personal information and assess whether they are still happy to pass on these details. In addition to inappropriate or illegal use of information, disclosing personal information online can influence their digital reputation. Student’s digital reputation is defined by their behaviours in the online environment and by the content they post about themselves and others. It is important for students to protect their digital reputation for future opportunities. Sharing personal information on line can lead to spam, scams, identity theft and fraud which are some of the more serious issues that may arise.

So how can students protect their personal information? The Office of the e-safety Commissioner recommends the following tips and more information can be obtained from their website at https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/protecting-personal-information

We also thank the following Year 7 students for assisting with the creation of a Privacy Awareness Week display in the JBC. Jaycille Jose, Mia Muraca, Annabel Bailey, Chelsea Antolic, Venice Santiago, Emily Kerr & Nathaniel Mainque.

Article written by: Karen Garton

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