digital citizenship

WHO ARE YOU WHEN YOU'RE ON THE WEB?

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the new FIRST IMPRESSION

You exist. Descartes' truism, "I think; therefore, I am," could easily be replaced, in our digital-centric age, by the phrase, "I have a Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Gmail; therefore I am." In your life, you will physically shake hands with, maybe, thousands of people. Your digital presence could be accessed by millions. This means that, for the first time in history, less than 1% of the people who will know you by name will have ever stood within a mile of you. Overwhelmingly, who you are on the internet will determine how you are viewed by those around you.

Here are some videos about what it means to be a Digital Citizen:
Be a Digital Citizen
Digital Citizenship and Safety (UNICEF)
YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum
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the new JOB INTERVIEW

Your boss wants to make sure you're going to make him more money than you'll cost. Employers have always done background checks, examining arrest records, drug tests, and cult-membership rosters. Today, however, your employers are being afforded a much more intimate glimpse into your private life. Remember that time you tweeted, "I hate my boss." Or when you got on Facebook and posted an inappropriate picture of you, a rubber chicken, and some stock from the retail store you used to work at? Your friends thought it was hilarious. Your new employers probably won't.

Here are a couple cases where employees were fired for what they posted:

the new OPPORTUNITIES

When you entered middle school and started taking algebra was probably when you stopped asking your parents for help with your homework. They looked about ten times as confused as you felt. You had two choices: hang out after school like a nerd and ask your teachers for extra help or corner the nerd (who probably stayed after school the night before) and rough-house him into giving you the answers to 14-32, evens. Hopefully, neither really seemed that feasible. Now, the audience whom you can poll for answers to just about any homework assignment has exploded. You have more resources than you need. You have more access to your teachers than you ever did before. And, chances are, you're Facebook friends with the nerds. Have at 'em.