Understanding the Internet

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Lindsey C. Kim’s “Understanding and Maintaining Your Privacy When Writing with Digital Technologies‘ ‘ and Martha Fay Burtis’s “Messy and Chaotic Learning” both challenged student learning about the internet. Understanding how the internet works on a deeper level is crucial for students. One of these subtopics is privacy. Privacy on the internet is something that students don’t usually consider but absolutely need to make sure they start doing.

Our phones and other electronic devices have become part of us. Most likely wherever we go, our phones are with us. Both articles highlighted the idea that students don’t understand how the internet truly works, and there is a ton of work to be done in order to help students learn what to do vs. what not to do online. For example, do most students know that a web search as simple as “cat” provides data. When students delete pictures on social media, they aren’t actually deleted. Students need to know and be aware of these things in order to make the internet a somewhat safe place.

Both articles talked about “the knowing of things.” These knowings are being aware of what you are doing on the internet, how it works and knowing which websites are safe to use. Another thing is being aware of your actions on the internet. All actions have consequences, especially when you aren’t being safe. In an article called “Students’ Perception Toward Personal Information and Privacy Disclosure in E-Learning,” the same ideas of privacy on the internet are discussed and how students need to be made aware of what they are doing on the internet. There is a relationship between privacy and data. Students need to understand this to begin to create a safe internet. 


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