Digitally, Who am I?

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This week, we talked about digital identity. We talked about different examples of when posting things that you maybe shouldn’t have is circulated and will come back and bite your bottom. We see different ways the internet goes about dealing with situations. For example, we talked about Justine Sacco and the girls who tweeted about picking cotton. Both of these examples were new to me. I hadn’t heard about these before. They are both recent topics, but I do find that, even though I am on social media a lot, I was not on it enough to see these.

I was giving the opportunity to watch some Ted Talks. I watched Monica Lewinsky’s The Price of Shame. In the video, she talked a little about who she is and her experiences with online shaming. She shared personal feelings and in the video, you can see she is really hitting good points, by the faces of the viewers. In her talk, she speaks about how she wanted to turn her story into a learning opportunity for others.  She said a few things that stood out to me. She said that she was the one who received hate, not the story. This means, she was being called the names, but the story itself wasn’t receiving any hate.

“Seen by many. Known by few”

-Monica Lewinsky

I found an article online that talks about how a professor at the University of Arkansas was mistakenly misidentified as someone in a video from a rally because of a shirt the man was wearing. This caused him to be attacked online and threatened when people had managed to find his home address. Later, after so much damage was done, the actual guy in the video speaks out, stating it was him. On the site I found the article, there is a video which has the professor, Kyle Quinn, talk about the experience. The article and video then go on and talk about other cases where they were shamed online. The video also has someone from Twitter-speak about the steps they are taking in order to stop shaming online from happening.

How is digital identity dealt with in school? Growing up in a small town in Southeast Saskatchewan, I would say it isn’t. I was never taught in school about digital identity.  We were always told to avoid social media because it was simply a bad thing. We only used the same online agents all the time, Google or word docs./powerpoints. What should we as teachers be doing about teaching digital identity? We should be talking about what it is and how it will all affect us in the future. We need to make our student aware of what is being posted online and how it will affect them in their future. Personal stories that the teacher has gone through, or sharing the stories, like Justine Sacco, will help the students understand what we mean. As a teacher, I will be open to talking about the consequences and have different speakers talk to the class. Sometimes, in order to get a message across, someone else needs to share the message. I think when I become a teacher I will also be more willing to use different online agents in the classroom to allow for different levels of learning

“Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people”
-Dave Willis



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