Digital Identity – Self-Image

Description

Your self-image is what you think about yourself. What you put online should project your intended image.

Essential Questions

  • If you Google yourself, do the search results reflect the way you see yourself?
  • What would you want your online self image to say about you if you had 100% control of the content?
  • How difficult is it to remove images and other personal information from the Internet?

Implementation Suggestions and Strategies for Schools

  1. a. Direct each student  to “Google” themselves and share their findings with an ‘elbow partner.’ Engage students in either small or large group discussions asking for their input (e.g., “Were any of your results surprising? How do these results make you feel?”)
    b. Have students search for their names (and those of close friends) in Google Images.  Again, engage students through hands-on exploration and discussion (e.g., “Were all pictures appropriate for future employers?”)
    c. Share strategies and links (from Resources above) on how students can improve the quality of their digital footprint.
  2. Encourage students to restrict privacy settings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to reflect the Google results that match their self-image.
  3. In your classroom, print out, hang and continually reference digital citizenship posters (see the Poster links in Resources above.)   Posters can be very effective in keeping safety and privacy concepts in the forefront for all students.