advocating, educating, and moving toward digital literacy

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Have you ever thought about how others might view you based on information you share online?
The truth is that many people base their impressions of people on a Facebook page, Twitter account, or other online mediums.

We often portray ourselves online as who we want to be, not who we actually are. This is problematic because it seems as if we are leading two different lives. When posting information about ourselves online, it is important to consider our self-concept, or the way we view ourselves. This may be inconsistent with the way you would like to be portrayed.

We can avoid portraying ourselves negatively online by engaging in perception checking.
First, acknowledge the content you are thinking about posting.
Next, think of different ways that the content could be interpreted, both good and bad.
Last, clarify the content. This may mean not posting it at all or simply explaining further.

Finally, it is important that we are aware of how we are being perceived online because it reflects the way we manage our identity. Although it may be conscious or unconscious, we are constantly working toward expressing ourselves and identifying with certain groups. If information is posted about you online that is not accurately depicting who you are, it can obscure your identity.


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