Is a User Name and Password the Modern Day Locker Combo?

A few weeks ago, I participated in an Education Table Talk podcast on the topic of “Privacy, Anonymity and Instruction,” along with fellow panelists Tim Discipio, founder of ePals, and learning technology consultant, Francesca Venning. I enjoyed my time and learned a fascinating new fact around the topic of privacy and students’ login credentials. Thanks to Michael Jay for having us.

Apparently, gender inequity exists when it comes to sharing logins, as boys are more likely than girls to share this type of information. But when you stop to think about it, this makes a lot of sense. After all, boys are more willing to give their locker information to their girlfriends rather than the other way around. Not only do girls keep such information private from their boyfriends, only rarely do they share such information with their female friends.

Whenever a district or school provides account access owned by the school district, educators have to be clear that, male or female, there should be no expectations of privacy. Instead, we have to protect students by teaching them digital citizenship and, like a locker number, not take anything for granted.