This lesson raises awareness about identity construction as it occurs on online social platforms – interactions that tend to breed negativity and impulsive articulations that often lead to acts of cyberbullying. The most vulnerable are those differentiated by ethnicity, gender identity, class and physical appearance.
The implications that arise from such conduct are typically misunderstood as the pretense of anonymity, and general ignorance of “digital permanence,” create the impression that the virtual online “identity” is transient or inconsequential to the offline world. Digital citizenship is a notion that remains poorly understood and underappreciated even as more and more of our lives are “lived” on servers and networks.
1. Through exploration, appreciate the various ways we construct identity.
2. Appreciate how we all share the same concerns and anxieties about self-identity.
3. Articulate how digital technology has changed how we express our identity and relate with each other.
4. Explain and appreciate the various issues of digital citizenship.
5. Apprehend the underlying commercial interests and technologies that undermine our privacy.