A tattoo is for life...

What story will your Digital Tattoo tell?

Digital Tattoo

How do others see us?

People who have never met us in real life can learn about us from how we are presented online. This has been referred to as our 'digital footprint' but footprints can wash away. It's more like a 'Digital Tattoo' - and it's not just us providing the ink.

The question is: How can you ensure that your Digital Tattoo is the one you're proud for others to see? That truly represents you?

What if anyone could see what you've been thinking and doing? What if your private thoughts and actions weren't private after all? If we judge books by their covers, how will other people judge you by your Digital Tattoo?

How do you shape your Digital Tattoo? Who has access to digital tools that add to it? How many do you control? Is your Digital Tattoo the one you want the world to see? What can you do if it's not?


Create a presentation to educate others on Digital Tattoos.

Who do you think needs to know about Digital Tattoos? What do you need to tell them?

Discussion Starters...

What image of who we are can our online behaviours/decisions create?

How might our behaviour online impact our offline world.

Consider what forms a person's online image; who has input into the formation and growth of that image?

The Task...

Working in groups of 3-4 your task is to create a presentation to be delivered to an audience of your choosing giving advice about Digital Tattoos.

How you choose to present the information is up to the members of your group, however, you may want to consider: a digital/short film, a slide show, or poster/flyer.

Remember that your time is limited so choose wisely as you will be expected to include the following:

* a definition for "Digital Tattoo"
* the sources of "digital ink" and their impact
* possible consequences of "digital tattoos"
* suggestions for altering or removing digital tattoos
* audience appropriate content
* correctly referenced sources

Step 1:

* decide on a definition for "Digital Tattoo"

* identify the sources for the "ink" in a person's tattoo

* select your audience & choose your delivery method

* investigate who has the strongest ink and what say you have about where their ink goes

* investigate possible consequences of having a digital tattoo

* explore options to alter or remove digital tattoos

Step 2:

Watch the first video "InCtrl: Your Digital Footprint" and then discuss what you've seen with your group. What questions do you have as a result of watching this video?
InCtrl: Your Digital Footprint: Leaving a Mark - Student Vid

Step 3:

Use the sources provided below to extend your understanding of the topic.

Can you answer the questions you raised after the first video?

Do you have more questions to answer?

Feel free to go beyond these resources to seek additional information.

Make sure that you allocate tasks/roles equally within your group - everyone should have the opportunity to contribute and to participate.

The Guardian - Three Little Pigs "Open Journalism" Commercial (HD)
Jigsaw: for 8 -10 year olds
Dos and Don'ts when using social networks
5 Ways to Make a Positive Digital Footprint!
How private is your profile?
NetSafety Blog: Digital Footprints
Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift'

Step 4:

Have you thought about the following:

- What is it about a digital tattoo that is positive?
- What to present?
- What is important?
- What type/level of language should you use?
- What will your group focus on?
- What is the message that your group wants your audience to walk away with?

Step 5:

Time to pull it all together!

Work with your group to bring all the information you've gathered together for your presentation.

Don't forget to consider:

* presentation format
* audience
* delivery
* content
* focus

Step 6:

At this point your presentations should be ready to be shared with the rest of the class and your teacher/s.

You will need to make sure that you are able to clearly explain the decisions you've made regarding audience and content.

Feedback and reflect...

Your classmates and teacher/s will give you feedback on your presentation - content, delivery, and choice of audience.

Something to think about: What do you now want to change about your Digital Tattoo? What should you do to take more control of your 'ink'?