Digital Tatto

Not only did I find this assignment incredibly accurate, but most importantly, a major eye-opener to me. For example, when I googled my name, the first thing that popped uo was my twitter account. Yes, my tweets are “protected” but the whole world knows that I go to the University of Mary Washington and I am majoring in history and secondary education. Is that a bad thing for people to know?! No because its who I am and I have no problem showing my boss, co-worker or my parents. However, it is a problem that ANYONE can know where I go to school. Thankfully, my facebook did not pop up; apparently there are a lot more Melanie Houston’s than what I thought. In addition, I made my facebook settings private from the public. Although my boss or anywhere I apply for a job, can have access to my facebook, just like anyone elses. Therefore, I make an effort to keep all posts and pictures on facebook 100% professional; if I am not comfortable having my parents, aunts, uncles, or my church family see my posts or pictures, than I will not post them. All and all, I think that is wise attitude to have, so I always try and remind myself of that before I post anything. One of my favorite things about this assignment was the short quizzes. For instance, after taking the protection test, I learned the importance of controlling my ‘cookie.’ I never realized that search engines could remember my computer; its the little things like a person’s ‘cookie’ that make technology a person’s best friend or worst enemy.

Overall, I found this assignment very benefitally for my future. I intend to be a social studies teacher one day, and regardless if I teach middle or high school, I will be working with children. Therefore, principals, vice principals etc will look me up online and can and will use anything they find against me. I cannot let a small tweet or facebook twitter prevent me from becoming a teacher. I always have to keep my future career in my mind before I post ANYTHING on the internet.

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2 Responses to Digital Tatto

  1. You definitely have extra reason for caution due to your aspirations of teaching younger children. As for your employers having access to your facebook, that is a true concern. Once when hiring a graphic artist, I found someone who was absolutely perfect for the job on paper but he had pictures of himself getting high and also pictures of himself vomiting at a party; needless to say I didn’t hire him even with his impressive resume. So it is always good to think about what you put out there for the world to see.

  2. Elizabeth Henry says:

    As another aspiring teacher, I am always really careful about what I post online and how it might present me to future employers or even my future students parents if they choose to search me online. I always think “Would I be ok with my mom/grandparents/teachers/kids I babysit for seeing this?” I feel like when it comes to do anything online that could effect your future it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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