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What is Digital Identity?



What is Digital Identity?

A digital identity is the online version of your identity. It's how you present yourself online and how people can identify you online.


This can include things like your username on social media, the information you include on your profile, and the things you post or share online.


Your digital identity is essential to your online presence and can greatly impact how people perceive you. Therefore, it's necessary to think carefully about the things you share online and how you present yourself to maintain a positive digital identity.


It's essential to keep a good digital identity because everything you do online can affect your reputation.


Just like how you want to make a good impression in real life, you also want to ensure that you're presenting yourself in the best way possible online. This is especially true if you're using the internet, applying for jobs, or doing schoolwork.


By keeping a good digital identity, you can make sure that people see the best version of yourself and that you can use the internet positively.


How to explain digital identity to a child

It's very important to keep a good digital identity because everything that you do online can affect your reputation. Just like how you want to make a good impression in real life, you also want to ensure that you're presenting yourself in the best way possible online. This is especially true if you're using the internet for things like making friends, applying for jobs, or doing schoolwork. By keeping a good digital identity, you can make sure that people see the best version of yourself and that you're able to use the internet in a positive way.


Examples

Good digital identity

  • Professional-looking profile on a social networking site, with an avatar rather than a photo

  • A strong online presence, with a blog or website showcasing expertise in a particular area.


Bad digital identity

  • Unprofessional profile photo and inappropriate or offensive usernames.

  • Lack of positive online presence

  • Engage in behaviors online that are negative or harmful. For example, they might post offensive or inappropriate content or engage in cyberbullying.

It's essential to avoid these types of behaviors to maintain a positive digital identity.


Become Internet Independent

Digital Identity is one of the six key topics of cyber safety in the Internet Independent Framework. Download the framework here: https://www.cyberlitebooks.com/internet-independent-framework


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