We all need to be mindful of our digital presence and identity we project in the cyber-world. Once internet content is posted it remains in the public domain and can have a significant impact on how others perceive us (Freedman, 2013). It is extremely difficult to completely remove your digital identity from the internet, however research shows that the second page of search engine results are significantly less read, so creating a strong positive profile on the internet can counteract people viewing undesirable content (Rosenblatt, 2012). A teacher’s online presence will be seen by students and parents and so they need to consider the identity they wish to present (Freedman, 2013). With the increased use of digital technology, children need to develop an understanding of their digital identity and cyber-security, and as educators we need to support the education of online safety (www.Cybersmart.gov.au). We should be encouraging positive engagement with digital technology, whilst helping children identify the potential risks and how to be self-protective whilst using the internet (www.Cybersmart.gov.au).
One element of digital security is cyberbullying, which is the repeated hurtful or embarrassing treatment of a victim, conducted with the use of technology, such as the internet or mobile phones (Wankel & Wankel, 2012). Cyberbullying can potentially have more damaging consequences than face to face bullying (Wankel & Wankel, 2012). As a teacher I have a responsibility to create good digital citizens who are safe, positive and responsible users of the internet (Fletcher, 2014). Educators can do this by using a variety of tools to engage different developmental levels of students. Examples of useful tools include games, videos or movies, and setting up a debate or discussion in the class (Freedman, 2012). An example of a movie that might be suited to an upper secondary class is Cyberbully.
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