Digital Citizenship:  Social Media Strategies for Success


frank griffitts


Frank has been practicing digital forensics since 2009. He is an ACE certified examiner, CFE, and has taught computer forensics at the University of Advancing Technology since 2013. He has a B.S. in Applied Management form Grand Canyon University, and he currently works as a criminal investigator for a state law enforcement agency in Arizona. He also enjoys road trips with his wife and kids, running a multimedia production company on the side (, and helping others learn new skills. He has been known to geek out over movies like Braveheart, The Matrix, Start Wars, and Lord of the Rings, to name just a few.


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The purpose of this course is to explore the potential pitfalls of social media and provide realistic solutions to navigating around those danger zones with the least exposure to harm.  The goal is to help students develop strategies to maximize the power of social media responsibly and present sustainable personal branding.


1.  Identify the four pitfalls of social media

2.  List at least four benefits of social media

3.  Explain three strategies to successfully promote your personal brand

4.  Understand at least three ways malware can be transmitted

5.  Describe three common online scams

6.  Define harassment, threats and hacking

7.  Develop strategies to physically defend yourself

8.  Utilize good leadership skills

9.  Identify your personal biases and prejudices

10.  Describe how substance abuse and violence are related

11.  Explain the effects of pornography on brain chemistry

12.  List three ways you can optimize your online privacy

13.  Define "open source" and "freeware" licensing


  1. The Pitfalls of Social Media
  2. The Benefits of Social Media
  3. How to Create Your Personal Brand
  4. Understanding Malware and Free Stuff
  5. Common Online Scams
  6. Harassment, Threats and Hacking
  7. Self Defense and Street Smarts
  8. Social Media Leaders
  9. Midterm Exam
  10. Critical Thinking and Extremism
  11. Group-think, Drugs, and Violence
  12. Overview of Sexual Predation
  13. Dangers of Sexting
  14. Pornography and Brain Chemistry
  15. Reducing Your Cyber Footprint
  16. Ethics and Social  Contracts
  17. Open Source and Free Tools
  18. Final Exam

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