What's your digital footprint?
Discover your online identity
What is a digital footprint?
(Free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology.)
Establishing an online identity
If you are 13 or older, you are legally ready to begin developing a digital footprint leading to college, career, and citizenship success. Your teachers, school librarian, and those tech-savvy family members are great people to turn to for guidance.
Remember, if you don’t establish your online identity someone else can.
To establish an online identity, it's not only important to use your real name, but also be aware that many networking sites have rules about using your real name. Hiding behind a fake identity can lead to saying things you wouldn’t in real life, bullying, and more. If there is trouble, your true identity isn’t that hard to discover. Instead be real and be smart online.
See how this high school student established a positive digital footprint
Social media lets the world hear your voice in conversations that matter to you
- Comment on articles and blog covering topics important to you
- Share thoughts on the Facebook pages of your favorite shows and causes
- Tweet insights during news events
- Join Twitter chats about topics you care about
- Engage in Twitter backchannel conversations to make meaning of lectures
- Comment on the videos that inspire and teach you
Stand behind your words
Remember even if you don't use your real name, you are still legally responsible for your actions and the same consequences exist.
Here's what they're trying to find out
What turns up when someone searches you?
Whether at school or away from school, whether talking to friends, family, or school staff, what you say, becomes a part of your online profile. If it is digital (even if it is private) it is possible that your words, images, and videos will become a part of your online footprint. Follow the instructions below to take a look at your online reputation.
Lessons for back in the classroom
Trillion $$ Footprint (Grades 6-8)
Students learn that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched, copied and passed on, and they can take control based on what they post online.
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Anonymity can lead to cruelty (Grades 9 - 12)
Students learn that cruelty can escalate quickly online because people are often anonymous and posts spread quickly.
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College Bound or Not (Grades 9 - 12)
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