Digital Citizenship

Remember: What you post and what you send becomes permanent

Safety Tips

  • Set accounts to private
  • Keep passwords private
  • Never share your location
  • Only accept followers and friend requests from people you personally know
  • Get parent permission to have accounts
  • Never agree to meet people you don't know
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Your Digital Footprint

What is a digital footprint?

On the Internet, a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online. This is information transmitted online, such as e-mails and attachments, uploading videos or digital images and social media posts — all of which leave traces of personal information available to others online. Our digital world is permanent.

-Source: Webopedia

(Free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology.)

Remember: What You Do Online Is Permanent

Common Sense Media: Digital Footprint Intro

Establishing an online identity

When you consider establishing a deliberate online identity there are a few important best practices to keep in mind.
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See how this high school student established a positive digital footprint

3. Abbas's Story - Pride In Your Digital Footprint

Stand behind your words

While you may choose to use a pseudonym for that which you don't want to become a part of your footprint, it isn’t a method that prevents what you say from being traced back to you. For that to happen, you'd have to be flawless in your execution of every single interaction, no matter how big or small. For most people this is just not possible.

Remember even if you don't use your real name, you are still legally responsible for your actions and the same consequences exist.

Be Internet Awesome With Google

Check out this interactive game, powered by Google, to help gain knowledge and become internet awesome.

Online and Social Networking Trends for College Admissions Officers

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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.
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