When thinking of a digital identity, I think of the person you are perceived to be online. Now a days the person you are in real life is most likely the person you are online. Some people still try to cover up their real life through the internet. I have personally have witnessed people posting about how perfect their life is online to cover up for the reality. some people also have 2 instagram pages, one for "good" posts and one for goofy things a person wants to share with a smaller group of people. I know when I am online I am presenting myself in a way I would in real life. I only have one account for each platform I use, and if I don't want everyone (including family and coworkers) to see it I don't post it at all. I don’t post everything about my life but I do post milestones and memories so my family and friends can see what I’ve been up to.
Social media and the internet has turning into a bullying platform made easy for any person who wants to make other people’s lives miserable. This is not ok to do on the internet. When posting something online it will be with you forever. “With every click, we make a choice.” Everyone needs to know when they post online it could be changing their life forever. There could be extreme consequences for saying something inappropriate, racist, or threatening online. People have lost friend, their job, or their disposition because of a click they made. There have also been people who take their own lives because of the bullying and harassment they experience online. It is so sad that a person’s life can change in an instance if they make one wrong click or somebody posts something about them. When posting online you should think twice before posting and ask yourself is this online material. We should make sure to always post things that will be good for our reputation and not harm us in the future.
When I looked up Amberlee Dayman in my google search bar the first thing that came up was her Facebook profile. Following that was her Edusites blog page, Pinterest profile, Instagram profile which was private, her Twitter account, and lastly hockey records and cattle entries from the past. Everything on the first page of google were connected to her. In her Instagram bio was the link to her VSCO account. I was able to go through all of the picture she has posted in the past. In her VSCO bio there is a link to her Snapchat.
In the google images there are most of her VSCO pictures and the pictures that she has posted on her blog. I found it interesting in the images that all of them related back to her posts. There were no random pictures that were posted by someone else with the same name. I guess that’s what happens when you have a unique name!
From looking through her accounts, it looks as if Amberlee has a boyfriend, lives on a farm, plays hockey, enjoys nature, and enjoys spending time with friends. I have also discovered she is an education student at the University of Regina. From all of these sources, I can tell Amberlee is an all-around great person. It is so interesting the vibe you can get from a person’s posts just by looking and reading them.
This week I learned that people are very easy to find online. It doesn't take much to search a name into google and learn about a person. I understand why digital citizenship is so important because of the easy access to online content. I encourage everyone to search their own name occasionally to see what comes up. It might be amazing what you find! Once something is posted online it will be attached to your name forever. Remember to always think before you post something to make sure it is online material!