Positive Digital Citizenship

What is a digital footprint?

Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content you post about yourself and others. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how you are perceived by others online and offline, both now and in the future.

Consider what contributes to your digital footprint?

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Protecting your digital reputation

  • Stop and think about any content before you post or send.
  • Treat others online as you would like to be treated.
  • Set your profile to private—and check every now and then to make sure the settings haven’t changed.
  • Keep an eye on photos tagged by your friends and remove ones that are offensive.

Remember: what you do on line is permanent!

Dos and Don'ts when using social networks
Digital Footprint
The Common Sense Census: A Day in Teens' Digital Lives

Be a positive digital citizen....

  • Never post private information – such as your phone number or address on Facebook, Twitter, or any other blog or Wiki.
  • Remember that any comments, photos, or videos posted on the internet today may stay available on the internet for years or decades. Don't post something you will regret, because it may be permanently online.
  • Be a good online citizen and never write or post anything that you know would hurt someone else's feelings or be considered bullying.
  • Always inform parents or a teacher right away if you come across anything online that makes you feel uncomfortable, or that you consider to be bullying against yourself or another student.
  • Immediately inform your parents or a teacher if someone asks for your phone number or other private information on the internet.
  • Never agree to meet an "online friend" that you have met on Facebook or any other social media site.
  • Never share any of your usernames or passwords with anyone and never log in as another person


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