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  1. This is a tricky area to navigate with kids, for sure. I am concerned about some of the assumptions behind the concept of online reputation for example as many students I know maintain multiple social networking profiles and identities, often on the same site for different audiences and purposes. Some online identities are shared by an ever-changing group of people. How does one determine what’s one online reputation is when it is impossible (or the very least, extremely difficult) to pin down the real person to that particular profile? The other part of the assumption is that many of these sites will even last to a time where the postings of the past can even be accessed. Some social networking sites, in particular Twitter and Facebook, have a transitory quality where not everything lasts or can be found easily. So it can be a hard message to sell to a 13 year old that transgressions posted today will have an effect when they reach adulthood, because in 5 years time, will things be judged in the same manner that they are now? Will the site even exist in 2 – 3 years? Is our concept of privacy changing? Just some thoughts to add to your post,
    Graham.

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    • Hi Graham,
      I totally agree with your perspective of the online profile. I do believe that, and I have seen evidence of this with my own teenage daughter, the online profile, although the description is broadly accurate, can be left up to interpretation. It is also part security that the profile is not complete(ly accurate), What I would like to see embraced more is the use of these tools to engage students with the conversation. I believe that continuing the conversation well after the school bell rings is the key to connecting teens to their learning. With this engagement and the changing of direction with the outdated education structure, we can together seek an alternative that suits the needs of our students and their futures, not the futures we were taught for, being the present (and with most of us this was also lacking throughout our formal schooling).
      I also have to agree with the fact that even though we preach to our students the main reason “You must become a good digital citizen is so you don’t put yourself out of a job in the future, because of what you are doing on connected media today.” But more to the point we should be teaching the reasons for good digital citizenship are more reflective of those taught as civic citizenship: respect, responsibility, and ethical participation. If these are maintained in an online space, as they are in an offline space, there should be no reason to differentiate between the two and the same moral rules should apply to both. Thus, alleviating the need to use scare tactics with the students, because the majority of students, I believe will already know that these spaces only keep history for a limited amount of “un-accessed” time.

      Thanks for your comments
      Kind Regards
      Rachael

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