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This is an interesting take on how we teach about digital footprints or tattoos. John Spencer wonders if we're encouraging students to be less than authentic online by focusing on the impact of their digital teen life on their future education or employment prospects. I usually couch my digital tattoo talks with comments about how glad I am that camera phones weren't around when I was a teen, but John's article will make me shift my emphasis a bit away from the fear, and more toward thinking about the questions John poses.
@LibraryLady Yes I completely agree. the internet obviously has huge benefits, we just need to gear kids towards the right ones.
@greggr, it's really a case of being "you" online. For some of my middle schoolers, and I'm guessing high schoolers, too, it's about looking cool, so they share very inappropriate stuff to try to fit in. I guess adults do that, too--only sharing the perfect family photos, etc. I'd like to see students developing their interests in social media, like blogging, or curating their passions. Imagine giving kids an assignment to create 5 Vingle collections about their interests, and maintain it for the school year. What cool stuff they'd have at the end of the year!
It is very important for us to be aware of just what we leave online, but the question of authenticity is so important! There is a balance that we lack when it comes to internet relations about being "real" versus representing ourselves tactfully. But how can we solve this problem?