Identity, image and reputation

In this short film for teachers Jennifer Jones explains why it's important for students to know how to protect their online identity.

While we should encourage students to use online resources, it is up to them to manage their online identity responsibly.

Teacher notes

Students need to understand that online content can last forever and that any negative content can reflect badly on them. They should know that the trail left by their online activities could be followed by potential employers as well as friends and family and even cyber criminals. It is possible to manage their digital footprint.

Students should be encouraged to be creative and thoughtful online and know that this will reflect well on them. But at the same time they also need to be cautious about what they put online and also understand that it is possible to request that any negative content be removed.

Being responsible and cautious, and checking your online footprint can help avoid any negative content being seen.

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Health and wellbeing
Digital rights, licensing and ownership
Online behaviour and cyberbullying