Your Identity- there’s more to think about then just internet security.


Please Click on the Link to my auditory summation on digital identity and how it relates to education.


The following YouTube tutorial video goes into great detail about how to manage your online identity.


The following is the written script from my summary:

Whilst we may all have different persona’s social and professional, we all have a digital identity to consider.  Kuehn (2010) advises: If you think that because you do not use the internet that you are safe from a digital identity, then you are mistaken.  Other people can upload information about you without your knowledge or consent.

Educators need to understand and teach students about digital reputations.  Hengstler (2011), says your digital reputation – is constructed in two ways. The first is passive – what others upload and post about you.  The other is active – what you can upload and post.  Being active in maintaining your digital identity plays a crucial role for both educators and students in maintaining their reputations.  If you allow your online image to be reflected by what others upload about you, you have no control regarding your overall image.  Posting your own information gives you control over what you would like others to perceive your image to be and can help to balance any negative information.

It is important for everyone to play an active role in monitoring their online identity. Everything we and others do online is permanent.  Although you may have something taken down, you never know who has made a copy or where else it may be on the internet.  We call this our digital tattoo as described by Cooney (2016) and just like the tattoo we get on our skin, it is permanent. 

Every website, link, password we enter leaves a print on our online histories.  This print is known as a Digital Footprint.  In this digital world educators play an important role in teaching our students not only internet security and safety from others, but also the risks associated with everything we post on the internet.  

Children are accessing digital devices younger and more often, as identified by Holloway, Green and Livingstone (2013).  It is crucial that educators make students aware that their digital identities start from a young age and need to be protected so they won’t have a negative impact on their futures.


Some more information

Click here:  Sourced when the page opens click the red dot on the left for more information.


 Sources and References.

Videos and images unless the source is stated under them are live links and take you to their source, as such they are not required in the reference list.

Cooney, M. (2016) Parent Info: What is a digital tattoo? Retrieved from 

Hengstler, J.  (2011) Emerging Technologies and Practices ” Managing digital footprints: Ostriches v. eagles”.  Education for a digital World 2.0 Vol.1.  Retrieved from

Holloway,D., Green, L. and Livingstone, S. (2013). Zero to eight. Young children and their internet use. LSE, London: EU Kids Online. 8.  Retreived from

Kuehn, L. (November/December 2010). Manage your digital footprint. TeacherMagazine 23(10) p. 16. (Online version)


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