Being a Smart Sleuth // Digital Identity

The prompt for this week’s EDTC300 required post is something I was very excited about! It is crazy to think that I was able to cybersleuth one of my classmates for an actual class since let’s be honest, it is something that many of us already do anyways… Anyways, I began my digging by typing my classmate’s name into Google and was able to find quite a bit of information. I found out that she is a snowboarder, lover of the outdoors, soon-to-be educator (of course!), and is also active on a variety of social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. She also displays herself positively and professionally on all of her platforms, which is crucial for all educators. Overall, I found it very easy to dig up information on my classmate, by just merely typing her name into a basic search engine.

Digital identity is also something that has been discussed in class over the past couple of weeks, which has allowed me to gain new knowledge and experiences for myself. A few of the main ideas that resonated with me were the ideas that it is essential to post positive contributors to the online world and also ensuring that I act online as a professional online in the same way that I would in my community. Especially being a soon-to-be educator, I must build a positive and professional platform online for myself that I can be proud to bring with me into my future. Yet, I also learned that the click of a button can also damage one person’s digital identity forever. I watched a Ted Talk from Jon Ronson titled “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life,” and it spoke of how one woman ruined her own digital identity by one tweet. It opened up my eyes to the idea that many people post things without even thinking about it, and how that can have negative implications on a person for the rest of their life. Not saying that what the young woman posted on twitter was okay, but that with making mistakes can also come online shaming and the idea of digital forgiveness. It isn’t talked about enough, but yes, someone can make a mistake on social media, and the concept of digital forgiveness should be held in the back of everyone’s brains. We need to understand that people can make mistakes online, and yes, there should be consequences, but people must also be allowed to grow and get better.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is screen-shot-2020-04-15-at-11.53.47-pm.png

How do you feel about digital identity? And what kind of digital identity have you created and continue to create for yourself?

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