When a student uses their full name in Twitter, it can empower the student. He or she may be more invested in the quality of their tweets because their name is attached to their posts. Consequently, the students may begin to think about their digital fingerprint and how they will manage their public profile online through time.
On the other hand, depending on the age of the students, it is not always advisable to share personal information online, especially when it comes to minors.
We leave this choice entirely up to each teacher and their respective school board.
Here are some tips on how to create safe Twitter accounts :
- The students do not need to use their real name for their Twitter username. (For example, @cuckoografik is Julie Lapalme’s username).
- Instead of using their own photo, the student is advised to use an avatar, an online representation of himself or herself. (For example, @cuckoografik uses the image of a bird instead of a picture of herself).
If you are uneasy about your students’ sharing of personal information, please follow these guidelines to ensure safe practices.
1. If the students have used photos of themselves, advise them to use avatars instead (abstract photo).
2. If your students have used their full name for their Twitter username, advise them to deactivate their account and start over with another name.