Why is an awareness of one’s digital presence important?
Your digital presence is extremely important it’s how family, friends, colleagues, employees, and the world, gets to know who you are. Your digital presence shows what you do online, such as searches, social media posts, shopping, and so on. Unfortunately your digital footprint is very hard to erase. So it is critical you leave a positive digital footprint for your future. Also, make sure you always check your privacy settings and make sure you approve other posts from friends before the post goes viral. You don’t want to compromise your reputation because of what someone did.
What is your personal digital presence saying about you?
It is very frightening to see what pops up when you Google yourself. The web stores and keeps everything that you have ever put on the internet, such as posts, pictures, emails, shopping sites, account information, and the lists go on and on. My personal digital presence showed my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account. I was reminded I set up a LinkedIn account, which I should update and use. Pictures of myself came up that I have on social media sites as well as other people with the same name. I was surprised to see when I googled my maiden name, my married last name came up with the city I live in and school I attend. That’s a scary that so much information is out there when you google just a name.
As a future teacher, what role will digital citizenship and your digital presence play in your professional life?
Teachers need to be an example to their students. If you are teaching digital citizenship to your students your “digital past” must show what you are teaching. As a future educator your digital presence should reflect you in a positive light. It should be professional and respectful. Don’t post things you wouldn’t want said about you! Always THINK before you speak!
Think before you speak:
T- is it TRUE?
H- is it HELPFUL?
I- is it INSPIRING?
N- is it NECESSARY?
K- is it KIND?