As technology becomes more and more integrated into our daily lives, it is important for us to understand that everything we do online can be tracked in one way or another. This is not meant to cause paranoia, but rather to be looked at through an educated eye. The concept of digital identity is defined as, “an online or networked identity adopted or claimed in cyberspace by an individual, organization, or electronic device.” This identity is long lasting (even considered permanent to some) and can greatly impact a person’s future in ways that may be unforeseen, particularly by young people.
Below is an article posted on the “Inside Higher Ed” website. Colleges and employers are now looking at a person’s digital identity to get a better grasp on what candidates are really like outside of an interview room.
Post below your thoughts on the concept of digital identity and its impact on students. Do you think that students should be held accountable for posts made on their social media when they might not have known better? What can we do to help educate students about the importance of their digital identities? Do you think that a person’s online presence is a good portrayal of what they are like in a real social situation?