Digital Reputations: Yours and Your Students
With the dramatic uptake of social media our students are either at risk or empowered more than ever (how do you see it?). Many of them have a significant online presence through Facebook, Twitter or any number of other social media sites. But what are the implications? Many schools react to this phenomena by retreating and pretending the issue is not real, however social media is not a fad and we need to be proactive about helping our students be good digital citizens.
All their online behavior means that our students have digital reputations. What is a digital Reputation? Watch the Common Craft video to learn more.
Someone has looked you up on Google. Don't believe me? Have a look at the research.
I recently watched an episode of Glee where one character attempted suicide. He was wrestling with his sexuality and school mates posted homophobic comments online. He had lost control over a very difficult personal issue. His digital reputation had been hijacked! The video adjacent is a true story of two young men and how their lives were changed by their digital reputations.
The program highlights a very real issue, not just for teenagers but for us all. If someone was to google you (and they probably have), what would they find? For some professionals, having a positive online presence, or reputation, is critical. Designers, graphic artists, journalists, anyone in business for themselves, all need to have a positive online reputation. When our students go into the workforce it’s quite possible that potential employers will google them. What will they find?
Watch the iPromise video to see how one class engaged in this important subject.
As teachers, we need to be empowering our students to create positive online reputations. Are we teaching Digital Citizenship? Use the links to become informed and prepared.
DER powerpoint about Digital Citizanship
“Digital citizenship [is] about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and … using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way...”