The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

From everything we have learned in this class, we have already established that the internet is a very fascinating and useful resource. There are so many things one can do when “surfing the web” but sometimes those things can get us into trouble. Everyone should be careful about what they put on the internet because anyone can access their personal information.

As educators and professionals, we need to educate our students on proper and appropriate digital citizenship. If they are being introduced to numerous social media websites in the classroom, they should be taught how to correctly post and manage those social media accounts.

So what are the downfalls of students, and others, having numerous social media accounts where they share everything about their personal life? Well for one thing, they share everything there is to know about their personal life. The article Exploring a Teen’s Digital Footprint In 6 Clicks or Less  shows a video on how easily it is for future employers, educators and even people to access students personal lives’ online. What was surprising to me was that the guy first went to their Facebook page and then googled their email addresses and usernames. When he did this, he found so much information! I’ve googled myself before but I have never plugged in my username and email address so I’m kind of nervous/excited to see what pops up (this will happen later on in the blog).

6988486459_071dd8ed8c_n Photo CC by PRO Thomas Galvez

But what’s so bad about sharing all of this information on social media? Like I said before, future employers and educators literally have access to all of your personal information at the tip of their fingers. They can see every photo you are tagged in, every place you have checked in at, and so much more. If any of these findings are inappropriate it could lead to serious problems with employment and even problems with being accepted to college.

So are there any positives to social media? The answer is yes! There are so many ways to be positive and kind on social media sites. George Couros talked about this in his video “140 Characters of Kindness.” His dog had just passed away and he received numerous replies on Twitter from people he didn’t even know. He was comforted by strangers who cared about his situation. He experienced the positive side of the internet. While we are teaching our students how to appropriately use social media, we should also be teaching them how to be a kind and make a difference on these sites as well.

Finally, I googled myself. I went to images and typed in ‘Tessa Benson Alliance NE’ and found one of my senior pictures but it was actually linked to BHSU, where I attended my freshman year, and pulled up all the scholarship information that I had received that year. I then went to the main google page and it pulled up all of my athletic awards in softball during my high school years. I also found an article from the local newspaper about my friend’s wedding that I was in last year. I thought this was crazy because it included that I was a bridesmaid and also included everyone else that was involved in the wedding party. This just goes to show that anything can be found on the internet and it really doesn’t take a lot of searching to find this information.

I really enjoyed the lesson this week. By watching all of the videos and reading the articles, it really opened my eyes to how important and crucial it is to teach students about proper digital citizenship.




11 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  1. Tessa,
    Good post. So true what you said about us needing to make sure that we teach our students not only how to different sources of technology but also how to do so with respect and consideration and kindness towards themselves and others. I really liked the THINK picture you added!


    1. Thanks Skyler! I think it is crucial to teach our students to be respectful and considerate on and off the internet. I think visuals, like my picture, will help teach the concept. Thanks for reading and commenting!


  2. I really like the graphic you included on your post. I think sometimes having something that shows you how to go through the thinking process online is really helpful. There’s a concept called “living in the pause” where you stop for a moment, you pause, and you think about what the consequence of your actions will be. I think that if people applied that to their online lives more often, the internet would be a safer place.


    1. Thank you! I’m more of a visual learner so those kinds of things help me understand. I like that concept because I think it would be a great thing to teach students when it comes to social media. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Great graphic! We also use the “THINK” strategy in after school program just for general conversation with peers. Its great that it can transfer over to digital citizenship. I didn’t even think about using my hometown with my name when I googled myself but I saw someone else did, like you. So, I tried it. I came up with more info than just my name. Interesting stuff!


  4. It really is important for us to teach our students to be smart when posting information online to ensure that they are being safe. Your THINK picture would be a really good poster to hang in a classroom as a quick and easy reminder for students. I love the lesson in 140 Characters of Kindness. That is a message that we can relay to any age of students I think. Great post!


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