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Questions every parent has…. Jeff Crawford Harry Coffill Monday, March 10, 2014. -What is a “digital persona”. “the digital persona is a model of an individual's public personality based on data and maintained by transactions, and intended for use as a proxy for the individual.”

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questions every parent has

Questions every parent has…

Jeff Crawford

Harry Coffill

Monday, March 10, 2014

what is a digital persona

-What is a “digital persona”

“the digital persona is a model of an individual's public personality based on data and maintained by transactions, and intended for use as a proxy for the individual.”

The Digital Persona and its Application to Data Surveillance—Roger Clarke

in other words
In other words…
  • Everything about you on the internet comprises a “digital picture” from which an outside source can create an “image” of who you are

Please note, we’re able to find out at least 77 things about “Harry Coffill” in less than a second

frankly some of these things are incorrect and a few are embarrassing
Frankly, some of these things are incorrect, and a few are embarrassing.
  • There is a traffic violation from a few years ago that appears when you dig a page or two.
  • If you try really hard, you can still find my engagement photo (please don’t)
  • I wrote an angry letter to an author last year that I really wish he hadn’t put on his website.
  • “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”

This is not entirely true! You leave a trail everywhere you go on the internet!

This trail can really affect your “digital persona”

according to the apa online
According to the APA online…
  • Most offenders did not deceive victims about the fact that they were adults interested in sexual relationships
  • The victims, primarily teens aged 13 to 15, met with the adults on more than one occasion
  • Half of the victims were described as being in love with or feeling close bonds with the offenders
  • Few offenders abducted or used force to sexually abuse their victims.


Though these cases make for colorful press—they are less common and less intrinsically dangerous for the average student computer user than public perception thinks…

so what should we be concerned about
So…what SHOULD we be concerned about?
  • Colleges and employers scan Facebook and MySpace profiles for information on candidates.
  • Ubiquitous digital cameras can publish photos directly to the Internet in seconds.
  • Student-users who have grown up using the Internet have a reduced concept of “personal information”
would you hire this girl
Would you hire this girl?
possible repercussions that mom and dad may not have considered
-Possible repercussions (that Mom and Dad may not have considered.)
  • Credit Problems-Identity theft
  • Cell-phone hackers/pranksters
  • Reputation and employment
  • Viruses and compromised computer security

In general, these things are more likely than an actual physical threat.

how can i keep myself safe
-How can I keep myself “safe”
  • Consider EVERY piece of information you volunteer to a website!
    • I like the “WWGS” question (What would Grandma Say?)
  • Create e-mails specific to their use
    • Have a “Facebook Only” e-mail, for example
    • Don’t send “professional” e-mails from silly e-mail addresses (
  • Don’t provide readily available contact information outside of that e-mail!
    • I’ve seen students post “here’s my new cell number!” on Facebook.
how can i keep myself safe14
-How can I keep myself “safe”
  • Don’t rely on a website telling you that your site is “Blocked to everyone but friends” or “invisible!”
    • Web site agreements change. Do students read their agreements?
    • You might know who has access to your site, but do you know who is looking over their shoulder?
    • Are you sure that your “digital friends” are really who they say they are?
ok relax breathe
Ok. Relax. Breathe….
  • Teenagers do wonderful things when connecting and resourcing on the Internet. They’re practicing 21st century communication skills. They’re engaging in discussions, watching news and politics, sharing photos and making weekend plans with their friends. It’s just like “hanging out” at the pizza parlor.
things every parent can do
-Things Every Parent Can Do
  • Talk to your kids about their “digital persona.”
  • Talk to your kids about the dangers of giving out personal information or their picture on the Internet.
  • Put your computer and video game systems in a public place in the house.
  • Ask your kids about who their friends are online.
  • Try to monitor computer, cell phone, and video game use.