It's hard to get rid of something once it's on the internet, so you need to protect your online name and reputation.
Help for Staff
Nothing that is published on the internet can be erased. This can impact a person's reputation, online and offline. Members will learn how easy it is to find information on a celebrity. They will also discuss ways to protect their names and reputations, both online and offline.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
TIME: 5-10 MINUTES
What's in your name?
What do you know about your own name? Use your computer and spend a few minutes writing down the things you know about your name on paper in or in a document on the computer.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider these questions:
--What's your name?
--Who made the decision about your official names?
--Do you have any nicknames?
--What names do you like or dislike, and why?
--Does anyone else from your family have the same name as you?
--If you could pick out your own name, what would you choose?
Guide members in a conversation about their names. Where do their names come from? What different names are they called by different people? What do their names mean to them?
TIME: 10 MINUTES
Online name vs. offline name
If you know someone else's name, what can you learn about that person online? Choose someone famous -- maybe your favorite celebrity, singer, athlete, author or notable person.
If you haven’t started an online document yet, open one now. You could use a Word document or Google doc. For 10 minutes, try to find as much information as possible about the person you chose. Copy and paste the pictures and text that you find into your document.
The goal of this activity is to find out everything you can about someone online. If you think your members will need more guidance, choose a celebrity together, and project your screen while you search for things. You might search for specific things like the names of the person’s family, where they live, what jobs they have had, etc.
TIME: 10 MINUTES
Did you find anything that you consider Too Much Information? It’s pretty crazy how much information about people is available online. Would you want someone to be able to find out personal information about you online? Why or why not? And where do you draw the line between what is private and what isn’t?
Discuss the amount of information that members found. The volume of information they can generate about a celebrity is impressive, right? We can find out everything, from when and where celebrities were born to their most recent tweet on Twitter.
Continue talking with your members about the things they found. Does anything associated with each celebrity’s name go away? Does the information fade?
Ask members if they forgive people who have done something wrong offline, in the real world? Does the online world ever forgive and forget?
TIME: 5-10 MINUTES
Protecting your name
In your document, write a quick paragraph or two about names, both online and off. Add some information about how you can protect your own name -- and your reputation -- online. Why is this important? What are some things you can avoid doing to make sure your name doesn’t end up splashed all over the place like a celebrity’s?
In the same document, members should summarize what they have learned about names, offline and online, and indicate what they can do to protect their name and reputation in the online world. What are things they should avoid doing to make sure their name doesn't end up as visible as some of the celebrities they've researched? Why is it important to protect and defend a name?
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Badge credit/Save to portfolio
Save the documents you created to your portfolio. Be sure to give your files clear names and dates as you save them. For example, you could save an image as Whats-in-Name-04-27-2017.
Members or a staff member should save the documents that have been created to members' portfolios.