Digital Identities and Security

Creation of a digital identity and the use of digital media in a secure manner is a vital topic in the modern world. Each individual has the freedom and responsibility to create an identity for themselves in the digital world. This blog post explores in brief about how to be mindful while creating a digital identity and how to explore the digital world while maintaining a feeling of security.

Individuals can have two types of digital identity- a personal identity and a public digital identity (Howell,2014). While using the social media, care should be taken to deliberately filter the information that can go public and that which could be more beneficial if kept private. Conscious effort could be made to keep a ‘me’ space, ‘we’ space and a ‘see’ space. ‘Me’ space refers to the personal and private space, ‘we’ space is what information can be shared between friends and family and ‘see’ space is what can be seen by the public.Digital identity contains a personal collection of data which remains permanent. Maintaining an e-portfolio helps in making a deliberate effort to enhance your digital identity by filtering the information which could remain online for several years and still give a positive outlook. The term digital footprint is used to refer to the information that is left behind permanently in the digital media.

Schools and parents have a responsibility to create a safe environment for children by creating awareness of being safe in the digital world.The importance of creating a positive digital footprint is presented in a project by the Moore Public Schools (2016, April 25). Most of the students interviewed belonging to the upper secondary level, were users of Instagram, twitter and  snapchat. Students could be monitored by parents and teachers and given corrective advice . Students could be made aware of the dangerous impacts of sexting and cyber bullying. Schools can have poster making activities on infographic web tools like Piktochart , where students research on cyber bullying and digital security issues and make posters like the one given below.

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Poster created by Roopa on Piktochart

A person who uses digital technology sends out information and receives information.Children can be victims of cyber bullying even in schools and this makes it more important to think about the safe practices that can be taught to students. Students can be taught safer habits of using digital technology  and this can be achieved through developing digital fluency( Howell, 2014).

The Australian Digital Technologies curriculum gives opportunities for students to “Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006)” (Australian Curriculum, n.d.). So parents can rest assured that the Australian schools have developed the digital technology curriculum to encourage students to use technology in a safe environment.

Interesting links on the topic of digital identity and security

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW8skH_5ZCY

 

References

Australian Curriculum.(n.d.).Digital technologies curriculum .Retrieved from http://v7-5.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/digital-technologies/curriculum/f-10?layout=1#levelF-2

Howell,J.(2014).Living and learning in the digital world [iLecture]. Retrieved from https://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8443/ess/echo/presentation/2b50dab8-203d-42a5-bf23-cc6e57691672

Howell,J.(2014). Living and learning in the digital world [iLecture].Retrieved from https://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8443/ess/echo/presentation/1636447f-aa10-42de-bec3-f6fe6f44932e

Moore Public Schools. (2016,April 25).Think twice -your digital footprint matters [Video file].Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eSxZPu4oqQ

Pixabay.(n.d.) Digital security.[image].Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/grid-network-security-secure-1511498/

Pixabay.(n.d.) Cyber Bullying.[image].Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/cyber-bullying-bully-rumor-teasing-122156/

Whiteville, R (2016). Cyber-bullying poster. [image]. Retrieved from  https://magic.piktochart.com/infographics

 

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