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Published by: Lula Dolabaratz on Oct 07, 2012
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Handout 2
 A- Work in pairs and answer these questions:What is
online identity 
?Have you got an online identity?Is it different from your 
real life
identity?B- Read the article below.
 Ashley is a high-school junior in Illinois. She's very carefulabout the information, photos, and comments she
— even though her profile is set to private. She knowsthat nothing is ever really private online."I know teens who have gotten kicked off their sports teamsbecause of pictures and inappropriate material they have ontheir profiles," she says.Her advice is simple: "Be smart about what you put on theInternet, because you never know who is looking at what youhave on there."From the first time you
log on
to a social networking site, pick a
screen name
for instant messaging (IM), or post to a
on your favorite band, you're creating an
online identity.
 Your online identity may be different from your real-world identity — the way your friends, parents, andteachers think of you — and some parts of it may be entirely
made up
. Maybe you're a little shy in real life, butonline you're a jokester and your 
is a famous comedian. Maybe your classmates think of you as asoccer star, but online you indulge your passion for chess and environmentalism.Playing around and trying on different characteristics are part of the fun of an online life. You can change your look or the way you act and present yourself to others, and you can learn more about things that interest you. And, just as in real life, you can
take steps
to help make sure you stay in control.
Things to Consider 
Here are some things to consider to safeguard your online identity and reputation:
 Nothing is temporary online
In the virtual world there are thousands of opportunities to interact and
share with people around the world. It's also a place where nothing is temporary and there are no
A lot of what you do and say online can be
even if you
it — andanyone can copy, save, and
your information.
Mark your profiles as private
Anyone who can see your profile on a social networking site can copy or 
information and photos that you may not want the world to see. Don't rely on thesite's
default settings
Set up
your privacy options to keep your material private.
your passwords and change them frequently. If someone logs on to a site and pretends to
be you, they can
your identity. Pick passwords that no one will guess (don't use your favoriteband or your dog's birthday), and change them often. Never share them with anyone other than your parents or a trusted adult. Not even your best friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend should know your privatepasswords!
Don't respond to inappropriate requests
Lots of teens receive inappropriate messages and
solicitations when they're online. These can be scary, strange, and even embarrassing. If you feel
by a stranger or a friend online, tell an adult you trust immediately. It is never a good idea torespond. You can report inappropriate behavior or concerns atwww.cybertipline.org 
nk before you write. If you’re angry enough to make a nasty comment on a
message board
blog, it's a good idea to wait a few minutes, calm down, and remember that the comments may staythere for ever. You might feel anonymous or 
in chat rooms, social networks, or other sites— so you can think you can make mean, insulting, or abusive comments to others, or share picturesand comments you may later 
. A good rule to remember: if you wouldn't say it, show it, or do itin person, you probably don't want to online.
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C- VocabularyLook at the highlighted words in the text. Match them to their definition.
an internet forum _________________________hiding your identity _________________________invented _________________________ take action, do something about _________________________found, extracted _________________________display in a public place _________________________internet nickname _________________________remove, erase _________________________feel repentance _________________________Settings not specified by the user (x defecto) _________________________Destroy _________________________Tormented by cosntant intimidation or interference _________________________Deliver _________________________Retractions _________________________Send _________________________marks or signs you leave as you move _________________________programmes that search information using key words _________________________put into a specified state _________________________A copy of what you see on a screen _________________________An icon representing a person in cyberspace _________________________Enter a site _________________________Protect _________________________A personal website to record thoughts, _________________________Opinions, etc. on a regular basis
Check yourself 
Maybe, you’ve aready checked your "digital footprint" — nearly half of all online
users do. Type your screen name or email address into a
search engine
and see what comes up.That's one way to get a sense of what others see as your online identity.
Take it offline. In general, if you have questions about the
you're leaving online, don't beafraid to ask a trusted adultto help you.
Your online identity and reputation are shaped in much the same way as your real-life identity, except that when you're online you don't always get a chance to explain your tone or what you mean
 Thinking before you post and following the same rules for responsible behavior online as you dooffline can help you avoid leaving an online identity trail you regret.Reviewed by:Steven Dowshen, MD http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/online_id.html# 
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How does Ashley protect her online identity?2.
What is her advice?3.
When do you create your onlineID?4.
Does your online ID have to be the same as your real life ID?5.
How can you protect yours? Name 4 tips you think are most important.E-
Grammar: Giving Advice
Read the text again and fill in the chart below .
It’s a good idea… It’s not a good idea…
Imagine one of your friends is having with his / her digital ID an online reputation. Give him / her some advice.
When we think something is a good idea, or the right thing to do we use
 You SHOULD PROTECT your online ID
When we think something is not a good idea or the right thing to do we use
Mary SHOULDN’T POST nasty comments on other people’s photographs
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