In 2017, our digital identities and physical identities are intertwined.
Social cognitive theory suggests that our identities are not solely situated in ourselves, but rather in the relationships we have in varied social settings. These social settings provide opportunities to do and say things that others expect us to do or say in order to “fit in” with existing social structures or whether to make choices that contradict others’ expectations of us.
These social structures are both digital and physical.
We need to ask, how do we help our students develop positive digital identities?