Our task this week was to find a partner in the class and cybersleuth them, and them do the same to us. With this assignment it was meant for us to find as much about the other person as possible by simply searching up their name. Along with this activity it made us think about our very own digital identity. My partner for this assignment was Morgan Bray, who is also another third-year education student at the University of Regina. During my search I was able to find many things about his life. Many social media platforms came up like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Has I kept searching for things about his life an interesting article came up on him “Saskatchewan boy designs Team Canada mask for the World Junior”, this was very interesting to me because to think I watched the World juniors in 2014 not knowing that a Saskatchewan boy made the goalies mask. With the social media platforms I was able to piece together more parts of his life, like his age, where he grew up, what high school he went to, where he has worked in the past and present, hobbies and interests and little parts about his family. Another thing that I had come across was a page created by him on Facebook, this page is called MOJO Designs and from the looks of it, he creates logos for companies and shares his work there and people are then able to contact him for logos as well. After about an hour of doing some digging, I would have to say that Morgan is well known for his accomplishments, this activity was eye opening and made us think about how we portray our lives on social media. Talking with Morgan after we found some research, we concluded how open and vulnerable our lives were online.
Focusing now on the general idea of “digital identity”, there are many different aspect of this topic. After watching Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk, The Price of Shame, it drew my attention to how easy it is to hide behind a screen. We discussed in class that it is important to develop a digital identity that we can be true to ourselves, while also maintaining clean profile. Listening to the TED talk Monica said something that could not have been more true “You can go from a private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide in just one night”, this stood out to me because in high school so many rumors about people were spread over social media and going around the school the next day till everyone new about the rumor. This is where a lot of different perspectives and be seen in a person versus online. Many people can have different personalities off and on social media, this is where taking time to think about what we are posting all over the internet is really important because it could affect us in our future careers. . Another great thing mentioned in the TED talk was “we all deserve compassion”, this cannot be truer. Coming from a family full of teachers I have seen this growing up almost everyday with my parents helping students that may be struggling. As future educators I think it is important to realize that not everyone is going to have a picture perfect life, whether that be because of family situations or mental health issues, as teachers we must be there for those who may struggle and serve them with the compassion they deserve and be willing to listen to their stories and work with their needs. After watching this video I have concluded that it is always important to watch what we are posting on social media but to also be aware of those around us that may be struggling from cyberbullying given them the help they may need to get though it.
I found this video that explains what a digital identity is. I thought it would be a great tool to have as future educators to show a group of students. I think it is important at a young age to start talking about how to leave a clean digital identity because kids these days become younger and younger when posting on social media, sometimes they already have an identity before they are even born. Although this video already talks about what we have discussed in class, it has a simpler way of explaining it so that students will be able to understand the importance of it. it reminds us that we should be creating something that we will be proud of for years to come and I think that is a great way to end the video. Wrapping my thoughts up, I think it is very important we educate future generation on the issues of cyberbullying and how important it is to create a positive digital identity.