Digital Tattoo


Just like a tattoo, your digital reputation is an expression of yourself. It’s highly visible, and hard to remove. Through the Digital Tattoo Project, anybody can explore how their online identity affects them, their friends, their school, and their job. It provides resources and advice on how to manage their online identity to make informed choices.

Information in Digital Tattoo is broadly categorized into four sections:

  • Protect: Whenever you use the internet you leave a trace behind – your digital tattoo! Find out how to protect your computer and yourself. Learn about privacy settings and security features, and get the scoop on identity theft and cyberstalking.
  • Connect: You use the internet to create, share and collect information. Learn about the different tools to help you communicate with the world, and develop the online identity you want.
  • Learn: Learning takes place online too, so you develop a digital tattoo at school. Get the scoop on being a wired student: research on the web, academic honesty, open access learning, and more!
  • Work: What happens in the real world? Employers will look you up on the web – what will your digital tattoo say about you? Learn what to do to impress your future boss.

Through a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF), the Office of Learning Technology is collaborating with several other units at the University of British Columbia and student employees to develop the Digital Tattoo Project.

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