As more and more of our social interactions and personal lives are played out online, it is more important than ever to be aware of how to keep one's identity private and one's personal information safe. The concept of digital privacy is one centered around the maintenance of one's personal information online, and knowing what is and isn't a good place to disclose or store personal information. This presents all sorts of safety issues, as beyond accessing online accounts, a breach in one's online identity privacy can lead to one's bank accounts, credit cards, and all manner of other crucial data being subverted and ending up in someone else's possession. While identity theft is illegal and the technology used to prevent it is always becoming more advanced, it's important to take precautions because those seeking to steal the private information of others are always working to stay ahead of the curve.





Tips for Students:
  • As many students are highly involved in online social networks, it's important for students to make sure they go over their privacy settings and make sure that they're controlling who can see the information online.
  • Students should be sure to keep in mind what they actually post online, as this can be damaging to them in other areas (see Digital Footprint for more information).
  • A tip from USA.gov is to educate yourself and make sure you're aware of the types of threats you face online. The more aware you are of what you might have to deal with online, the better prepared you are to keep yourself from being taken advantage of.


Tips for Educators:
  • As most educators have a specific district email address, it's important to leave that address as dedicated to district business, so that their security measures don't keep you from information you need after you leave that particular district's employ.
  • It's important for educators to both exercise and teach vigilance in checking to be sure of the privacy policies of the various websites on which one might give out personal information.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation also points out that you should be careful what you do at work, as all of your computer use at school is potentially being monitored.

Tips for Parents:
  • They are able to encourage healthier online privacy habits in their children by example.
  • The Australian Stay Smart Online campaign suggests that they can also help their children set good passwords and encourage them to keep that information offline and away from devices they use reguarly.
  • By keeping a record of who has access to what information, both for themselves and for their children, parents can go a long way towards emphasis on keeping private information private and controlling who has access to what information.