Digital Security (self-protection)

electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

In any society, there are individuals who steal, deface, or disrupt other people. The same is true for the digital community. It is not enough to trust other members in the community for our own safety. In our own homes, we put locks on our doors and fire alarms in our houses to provide some level of protection. The same must be true for the digital security. We need to have virus protection, backups of data, and surge control of our equipment. As responsible citizens, we must protect our information from outside forces that might cause disruption or harm.


  • Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses

  • Never send pictures to strangers

  • Keep passwords private (except to parents)

  • Visit age-appropriate sites.

  • Minimize chatting with strangers.

  • Think critically about what you find online.

  • If you wouldn’t do it in real life, you shouldn’t do it online.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend online.

  • Think about what you download and purchase.

  • Think about privacy.

  • Talk to someone if something doesn't seem right or if something wrong happens to you or anyone else you know.

Download the full text of Common Sense on Internet Safety for middle school kids

7th Grade Digital Security Informational Slides