Week 10- Digital Identity

More and more children now days have an online presence than in the past. The issue that children have is not being able to use the internet safety. Many children are having many issues with various forms of online bullying and the problem is persisting in many schools. Part of the role of teachers now days should be teaching children in how to properly and safely use social media. In an article I read from teach thought the author described that students now days have more control than ever over their own identity and unsurprisingly have lost control of that identity. In a manner of seconds they are able to dicatate when, how, where and by whom they are seen. A good piece of the article that I found interesting was when the author outlines “Connectivity has closed the walls of the world around them–or at least made them transparent–until they have zero room to wiggle and squirm.” In my own option that is shared with the article students are beginning to have an identity problem. One of the issues with young youths is the value that they place on their identity. Like stated in the article, “If you tweet something, and no one RTs or favorites, did you really say anything at all?” This is the difficulty with social media now days. Students define themselves through rejection and assimilation. When the internet first allowed social media and social media allowed a digital first and social identity, the presence of a student was primarily physical. The article states that because of this, students created a facsimile of themselves online and used human digital networks, which indirectly and directly etched out a kind of “identity” for themselves.

One of the most reliable pieces of information that I found most important in this article was how students send and receive versions of themselves. They do this through Facebook, Instagram, snap chat, twitter and other emerging social channels. The images and words that the social templates have had the power all along.

This is one of the photo used on the website that indicates the power of social media in classrooms starting from an early age. It outlines how young students are using these types of tools now days and how it is taking away from their traditional learning.

1.PNGHere is a powerful snip-it of information from the article “By the quantification and commodification of a student’s “identity,” that identity becomes other. Over there. Not self. It’s not an identity anyone from even 20 years ago would recognize.

One of the main things that teachers needs to understand is that how students see themselves is the starting point for learning. What you post, who you tag, your avatar, you emojis, spelling, syntax, all digital first expressions of self.

This website also included a link to an individual website where Susan Cox wrote on Salon. The websites title was “Facebook has totally reinvented human identity: Why it’s even worse than you think.” In the article the author describes that Facebook has redefined the standard of what information should be immediately known about you as a person. The author describes in the article that ” It was a slow process, where it (Facebook) gradually increased the “about” fields, but now when I meet someone, it is somehow appropriate for me to see their exact age, residential history and entire resume of work experience and education.” Facebook has turned out lives and our student’s lives inside out to the point where all of this very specific information now seems to be what constitutes a social identity.

I came across a ted talk video on facebook social identity. The video provided a lot of valuable insight to many things that we have talked about in class. Mario Rodriguez, a faculty member at Stetson University in the Communications and Media Studies department talks about Facebook privacy and identity. He also talks about exploring our digital selves which is important for students to discover.Identity is the learner insofar as they see themselves and are seen by others. It’s a fluid and ongoing transaction.

I have provided a link to the video below for everyone to check out!

What are the implications for our students when it comes to the permanence of digital identity? In your experience, how is digital identity dealt with in schools? What role should teachers/schools play in preparing students for a world that never forgets? How do we balance the need to protect students with the need to help them develop positive online footprints? What might it look like to teach about digital identity in your subject area? Be sure to reference at least one of the readings/viewings, as well as at least one video or article that you found independently

I am on social media and have had many thoughts about it throughout my high school and university experiences. As new technology is emerging we all want to explore these new types of ways of doing. We have so much access to everything online making it super easy for online assess. These types of online access are starting to create problems related to cyber bulling. Cyber bullying has been around for the vast majority of my life and was something that I saw in my elementary years. We used to use a MSN chat when I was in school and there were numerous types of bullying involved in it. Thankfully I was never involved but I did witness some of my friends that become frustrated and upset with it. In High school we also had a website called “ask.fm”  which was where people could anonymously ask or bully people by posting questions or comments without them knowing who posted them. This created a wide range of problems especially in our school. Now days it is far to easy to leave a comment on someones twitter or Instagram photo and say harmful things. The Ted talk from our class this week and the one I found were two prime examples of how online harassment can be devastating.

The ted talk from class was an excellent resource to show how harmful people are on social media. Monica was super powerful in how compassionate she was on the video. Many people now are attracted to drama  which generates some not good stuff.  We need to educate students on what could happen to them if they don’t participate on social media carefully. Also something to tell them would to make sure that they know that photos stay on the internet forever. Let them know that it is okay to not be online. It is not the end of the world if a student is not online and they should this before they start having an online presence. Our world is constantly changing and I think our world would be a better place if social media did not exist. As a future educator we need to teach our students how to properly navigate the online world and how to be safe online. Here is a look at the video of Monica Lewinsky. There are some very beneficial points and topics in here that are important for future educators to learn and listen to.


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