Dr. Doug Belshaw

Open Educational Thinkerer

Consultant, Dynamic Skillset Ltd.

Co-founder, We Are Open co-op

(formerly of Mozilla, Jisc, and a school teacher and senior leader)

Any burning questions?

CC0 Evan Kirby

In this short session we'll learn about everyday online privacy and security issues and how to discuss and deal with them. The 'shades of grey' between unfettered access and outright banning is something that we as educators need to know how to deal with. After some input, we'll have an informal conversation about how to approach some issues you may have come across in your practice.

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

(Rabbinical Saying)

3 things to talk about today:

  • Privacy and security
  • Fake news / information environments
  • Digital use divide
  • Privacy and security

Do this


(also great on mobile)



Discussion: what kind of everyday problems do you have around privacy and security?

2. Fake news

What is fake news?

Fake news is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation in social media or traditional news media with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically. It often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news-stories in order to increase readership and online sharing. Profit is made in a similar fashion to clickbait and relies on ad-revenue generated regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Easy access to ad-revenue, increased political polarization and the ubiquity of social media, primarily the Facebook newsfeed have been implicated in the spread of fake news. (Wikipedia)

Eli Parisier’s TED Talk on ‘filter bubbles’ (2011)






(machine learning)

Facebook Live feeds of the same event (2017)

(Source: BuzzFeed)

(Source: BuzzFeed)

3. Digital use divide

We shouldn’t simply replace a narrow focus on training students to use Microsoft Office with a narrow focus on training students to use Google tools.


Geneva Safer Internet Day 2017 - Staff - Google Slides