When we consider our digital selves, our digital identities, we do not consider what comes back to us when we play on our digital playground. One click on the wrong web page or even just opening the wrong email can riddle our devices with viruses or allow people to access our personal information. When we think about our digital selves we need to also consider how we will be perceived by others. Actively thinking out the perceptions of others could be one way of maintaining a safe and positive digital identity. After all what ever is uploaded by us or about us becomes attached permanently like digital baggage.
Unfortunately as digital scammers, and identity theft are becoming more common we must forever strive to protect our digital environment, making sure we are practicing safe habits everyday when we are doing the simplest tasks online(Howell, 2012), for instance, using PayPal or pre paid credit cards instead of our debit cards when shopping online. The biggest cardinal rule of safe internet usage is not to give out your personal information(Howell, 2012), meaning don’t share intimate details of your life with people online, don’t link all you accounts together and even use different email address (Keep Safe Online, 2014).
Cyber bullying is the issue that’s had the most impact on me when analysing all the aspects of digital safety, consider that 95% of teenagers use social media sites like Facebook, then there are 64% of adolescence that are consistently bullied and report being harassed on Facebook(Cyber Bullying Facts).Then there are opportunities to bully through text and email, even Instagram, with 1 out of 10 teens have had photos posted with out permission that could be considered damaging (Cyber Bullying Facts). Child line is one of the many charitable organisations that provide over the phone, or online counselling for children, their statistics for bulling have almost doubled over the last 2 years, for instance, It saw 4,507 cases of cyberbullying in 2012-13, up from 2,410 in 2011-12(Sellgren, 2014).
In Australia every state/terrioty has their own laws for cyber cyber bullying, national law states cyber bullying can be a crime when it involves Using the internet or a phone in a threatening, harassing or offensive ways, stalking, accessing internet accounts without permission defamation and encouraging suicide. These crimes could result in 2-5 years in prison depending on the crime and severity of the incident(Cyber Bullying, 2013).
Over the past week my own naivety in keeping a positive digital identity and being safe online has come to light. Issues such as cyber bullying have been brought to my attention and I feel that I can no longer adopt a “this wont happen to me” attitude, furthermore when using simple digital devices in classrooms what measures and I going to have to take as a teacher to prevent any issues like the ones explored today.
If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact:
Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia. http://www.kidshelp.com.au
Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors. http://www.lifeline.org.au
The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying
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