This topic has deepened my knowledge in terms of online identity. Prior to this topic, I have always believed that it is important to have multiple identities in order to keep personal and professional apart.
After reading my peers’ blogs, both Shih Ying and Marianne have highlighted the point that employers are tracking employees’ social media and have dealt disciplinary actions onto employees due to certain misconduct online. This further strengthens my stand on having multiple identities online. Having multiple online identities allows me to speak my mind without fear of getting implicated in my professional life.
With the increased number of identity fraud, online anonymity would be one way to protect our information (Youth IGF Project – Childnet International, 2013). However, following discussions with Shih Ying and Marianne, we found out that with the benefits that online anonymity brings, it has its disadvantages as well.
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With the increased courage that online anonymity brings to individuals, it could lead to consequences such as cyber bullying. The effects of cyber bullying go a long way. It does not simply stop when the victim logs off the Internet or shuts down his computer.
I strongly believe that although online anonymity allows one to be able to speak his mind, an individual has to take responsibility for his or her words as well. We should avoid personal attacks when having discussions on certain topics. As Jennifer pointed out, the government could step in to enforce stricter laws and punishment to deter cyber bullies.
“Children should be able to live a life free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand against this.”
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