#Change11 #CCK12 Do you know who are watching you?

In social media, do you know who are watching you?

As shared in my post here, posting in social media exposes one’s identity with a trail of records of one’s personal profiles, posts, voices, activities, photos, videos, and artifacts.  “On one hand, social networks are a valuable source of information for students, but on the other, they have become areas where students may not use these sites for their primary purpose – ‘networking’ and connecting with friends – for fear that their activities may be accessed by potential employers or ultimately affect admission to legal practice.”

In this post, Maxine says: “Employers and hiring agents are increasingly checking potential employees’ online presence by looking at Facebook, Twitter and Google so that as young people enter the workforce, they need to be conscious of protecting themselves and setting boundaries between their social and professional lives.”

This seems to be a concern to students and employees who may not be aware of how their behavior in the social media and networks would impact on their future study or career.  This could also deter students or employees in using social media to a certain extent, especially if some of the blogs, postings, comments, personal information or photos on the social media or networks might be evaluated by their potential employers or institutions.  “Job seekers need to be mindful of this when they post online and take care when sharing confidential information, especially about former employers. Employers reported that they have found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate.”

How would you present yourself in the networks, virtual spaces and media platforms personally and professionally?  To what extent would you ensure your privacy and security is protected in those social media and networks?  What are some of the challenges facing a digital citizen or netizen?

What strategies have you adopted in the development of digital scholarship or digital citizenship?

Postscript: This post on digital era society – social media by Danah Boyd is interesting


4 thoughts on “#Change11 #CCK12 Do you know who are watching you?

  1. As an educator and someone who participates & contributes to social networks, I find the questions you raise very pertinent. Personally, I like to have a line between my professional and personal self; up to what point is that possible today?

    On the other hand, if I choose to interact with professionals from different cultures, different religions, who has the right to label me negatively? I interact for different reasons – professionally and for an individual’s intelligence, good nature and sparkle. Nationality, race and religion do not interfere in my appreciation of interesting/stimulating conversation.

    On that note, I still believe that there is so much positive interaction in social networks/communities. Nevertheless, employers do not have the right to monitor one’s activity, unless it directly affects the institution/organisation negatively. That is another issue all together.

    Thank you for another post to reflect on!

  2. Thanks Ana,
    I couldn’t agree more, in particular to your belief that there is so much positive interaction in social networks/communities. That also leads me to think deeply into what and how one’s digital, social and professional identity would be established. I have been thinking about this “How to maintain physician professionalism in social media?” http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/03/maintain-physician-professionalism-social-media.html and the extent one would like to project his or her professional image in social networks and web. If we were to re-phrase the questions, then “How to maintain educator/scholar/researcher/learner professionalism in social media?” might be both interesting and challenging. Would educators be always on in impressing others with their professionalism? May be in formal setting, that is always important. Would this still apply when people are having their water cooler chat, or lending a social support hand, or answering a question about how to be “more emotionally intelligent” etc.? If we relate to positive psychology in social connections and conversation, then it also means that professionals should always focus on positive things, inspiring others with a positive in mind, and be an ambassador (of community, institution, networks) etc. How about the reality? Social networks are never “controlled” or could be “controlled”, as we could all see in the comments on Youtube, Ted.com, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with BOTH positive and negative (spams, trojans, disruptive behavior (trolling) or rude remarks) or memes that have all sorts of intentions. If we were to examine the posters further, then one could easily find that most negative remarks were coming from anonymous identities (or with avatars) as people would like to hide behind closed doors or be camouflaged, in order to “protect themselves” from being revealed in public. There has been some media comments judging that social media is bad for society (see http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/13363138/social-media-bad-for-society-archbishop/). How to strick a balance between the proper use of social media could be quite a challenge.

  3. I think there needs to be an awareness of one’s multiple identities. We have always had multiple roles, which we played out according to context. Today these roles continue but I do perceive a shift in one’s identities as well – namely one’s analogue and digital identity.

    The digital world has opened up different dimensions for identity/ies; for example, I can “hide” behind a masked avatar or simply voice myself with my own picture which people can recognise. A question of choice and purpose. In virtual worlds such as Second Life, I can take up other identities , which though pixel avatars, are still extensions or re-inventions of oneself.

    I do have questions about the lack of accountability as you mention, e.g YouTube etc. When I see nasty, unpleasant comments in newspapers and forums (inclusively educational), it does raise a lot of questions to the poster, the post itself and how legitimate it all is. This is more than fact or fiction.

    That lack of accountability is something that I think educators need to discuss openly with students. Humankind will not change There will be light, there will be darkness. It helps if one learns at least that despite the possibility of being anonymous, (e.g. in so many cases of cyberbullying), there are many times when one needs to be accountable for actions and words.

    Or so I hope 🙂

  4. Well said Ana,
    I like your point on accountability and that this needs to be discussed openly with students. I have been thinking about how one could make a “good judgment” when exposed to controversial topics. Have you seen this? This provides a summary about Kony 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Ue6REkeTA
    A response to Kony 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DO73Ese25Y and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEVKNVTnYRA&feature=related
    I found these videos interesting, as this could be a good case study for people to reflect on the deeper meaning behind posting of videos, the intention, and the comments left in these Youtube videos. What I reckon is that these are the valuable “teaching and learning” resources in helping people (both educators and learners) to understand the network dynamics, the implications of learning via such videos and the role each poster or commenter plays in the social media. I am not sure if these are incorporated in books or curriculum, but I hope people could better understand the multiple views, with more accurate information sourced from different media before making a judgment.

    So, what are the intentions of the original video producer Kony 2012? Have people been “manipulated” via social media (in this case the video)? To what extent is the truth revealed through such videos? What have we learnt through such media propaganda?

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