Curation of Your Online Persona Through Self-Care and Responsible Citizenship

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I’m excited to announce my publication in this new K-12 book titled, Leveraging Technology to Improve School Safety and Student Wellbeing (Huffman, Loyles, Albritten, & Green, 2020). My contribution to the edited book is titled, Curation of Your Online Persona Through Self-Care and Responsible Citizenship (Rogers, 2020). It’s written for secondary teachers and their students. It started as a few lesson plans for an interdisciplinary course at Spring Hill College (IDS 394: Wired) and grew into blog posts and eventually this chapter. See my previous blog posts on the Recipe for Digital Curation of Your Online Persona and the Global Interdisciplinary College Course. Below is the abstract for my chapter.

ABSTRACT

With each blog post, tweet, and online project, Internet users are building their online reputation whether they want to or not. In the absence of professional branding, users’ online presence contributes vastly to what brands them. Through critical digital pedagogy, teachers and students question all technology practices (e.g., self, school, society). This chapter addresses the safety, security, and perception of their online data through self-determined prevention, weeding, and branding based on their short- and long-term goals. Methods, resources, and a lesson plan are provided as guidance to support students’ well-being pertaining to the online dimensions of their academic and personal lives. Strategies discussed include online identity system checks to review current digital footprint and data vulnerabilities, contemplation of technology usage in terms of self-care and responsible citizenship, and curation and development of their online persona. These participatory practices address two of the ISTE Standards for Students regarding digital citizenship.


The book’s release date was October 2019. There are many interesting chapters on school safety from many different perspectives including the marginalized. If interested in purchasing, let me know and I’ll provide you with a 40% discount coupon code.

I presented some of the curation strategies mentioned in the book at the Association of Educational Communications and Technology’s annual conference held in Las Vegas, NV this fall. My session was hosted by the Culture, Learning, and Technology special interest group in a new free workshop-style Inspire session. It was titled, Safeguard Your Online Persona by Using Various Techniques and Technologies. It was well received! See my AECT blog post with slidesI’ve learned so much from taking a deep dive into this topic to write this chapter and look forward to sharing it with you.

References

Huffman, P., Loyles, S., Albritton, S., & Green, C. (2020). Leveraging technology to improve school safety and student wellbeing. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-1766-6

Rogers, S. (2020). Curation of your online persona through self-care and responsible citizenship: Participatory digital citizenship for secondary education. In S. P. Huffman, S. Loyless, S. Albritton, & C. Green (Eds.), Leveraging Technology to Improve School Safety and Student Wellbeing. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-1766-6


Sandra Annette Rogers, Ph.D.

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Facebook is Unsafe

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As an educational technology evangelist at work (school), in my service projects, and research, I keep abreast of the latest technology innovations, instructional integrations, and issues. So when email servers such as Yahoo are hacked, and I am a subscriber, I close my account. Initially, Yahoo stated  1 billion users were hacked in 2013; the latest account states that all accounts were hacked totaling 3 billion (NPR, October 2017).

If you’re a techie, especially someone who promotes the use and safeguards of technology at the workplace, what does it say about you if you’re still using it? For me, it was difficult to close my Yahoo account because it was tied to many professional Yahoo Groups such as my alma mater’s outreach to instructional design alumni and the TESOL Electronic Village Online virtual moderating group of educators for training. I also closed my Tumblr account because Yahoo owns it. To protect our online data, we must take precautions and desist from using potentially dangerous technology even as seemingly mundane as a free email account.

Social media networks such as Facebook are definitely more difficult to stop using when they place user’s data at risk because of the connections we built with friends, family, and organizations. Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, to access the data of 50 million users without their permission (TechCrunch, March 2018). Of particular rancor, besides the possible effect on the 2016 US election, is that Cambridge Analytica was able to access your friends’ and family’s data. This means your use of Facebook could put other people’s data at risk and vice versa! Grandma may be having a great time on Facebook connecting with everyone, but has she configured her settings to safeguard her data?  This year, 50 million Facebook accounts were also hacked (CNN Business, October 2018).

Facebook is unsafe because of their misuse of our data for financial gain and system vulnerabilities to hackers. Furthermore, they can do better! We should expect more from tech giants especially for platforms that we want grandma to use. I closed my Facebook account in May after downloading all my photos and letting my connections know other ways to reach me. Facebook also owns Instagram, so I closed it, too. No, I don’t plan on going back. Instead, I’m connecting via other means. It has been extremely difficult to not be connected on FB with my friends and family. On the bright side, I’ve noticed I have real conversations with family regarding milestones because, otherwise, I’m out of the loop.

“Facebook can feel relatively benign and passive. It’s a tool we use to procure information, camaraderie or great products. We forget, all too often, that it is a business, with interests and purposes of its own. We forget that it can leverage our information for profit. Its power over our lives is largely hidden under a veneer of passivity and algorithmic detachment (The Washington Post, March 2018). Technology is only useful if it’s consistently helpful, and its misuses are minimalized through rigorous safeguards.

P.S. To keep up with Facebook’s and other sites’ security breaches, see Wikipedia’s List of Data Breaches. It’s current.


Sandra Annette Rogers, Ph.D.

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