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As a teacher, it's important to control what children, parents and potential employers can see about you online. Accelerated Primary Education Studies course leader John Parkin shares his top tips for managing your digital footprint.
Hi, I'm John, and I'm the Course Leader for the Accelerated BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies in Cambridge. As part of the course, I teach students how to protect their digital footprints as they prepare to become primary teachers.
A digital footprint, as you might know, is the trail of data we leave online which reveals information about ourselves, such as photographs and comments made on social networks such as Twitter and Instagram. Quite amazingly, 92% of children in the US have a digital footprint by the age of two. So many children have a digital footprint as parents share pictures of their children online. This even has a name – sharenting!
We all hear tales of how people lose jobs because of things they post online. Making sure you post appropriately online is especially important for teachers, as children, parents and potential employers will search the internet to find information about you. Here are my top tips:
It is important to remember that it is not all doom and gloom. You can manage a digital footprint so it presents a positive and professional image to showcase your skills and talents, for example, by setting up a LinkedIn account. You can also use Twitter and Instagram to set up a Professional Learning Network (PLN), which is an excellent way to connect with teachers around the country and even the world to find out what educators are doing in the classroom.
I have picked up many useful tips and ideas for classroom teaching from both Twitter and Instagram. If you want to develop a PLN, you might want to set up a specific professional account so there is no blurring of lines between personal and professional.
I hope you have found this blog interesting. Hopefully it gives you an idea of the interesting topics we discuss on the Accelerated BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies degree course!