Digital Footprint and Reputation

Stop and talk to an adult!

Your child has been learning about how to be a good digital citizen. This often involves lessons on how the adults in their lives can keep them safe. Your child knows to always talk to an adult before giving out any information about themselves online. They also know to think before they put anything online, there may be consequences to their actions and what they are writing now may impact them in the future.

What is okay to share online?

Your child understands that the following information should not be shared online:

  • Positive comments
  • Favorite foods
  • Personal opinions
  • First Name

Think about what you're putting online before you do it!

Your child has been encouraged to think about the following items before posting anything online.

  • How will what you are putting online impact you in 10, or even 20, years!
  • Don't say negative things, they may come back to haunt you one day.
  • Don't put personal information online.

Talk with your child about Mizzle and Electra!

Your child talked about Mizzle and Electra's online activity in class. Mizzle and Electra made some unwise choices about how they should act online. Your child was a super sleuth detective to follow Mizzle and Electra's digital trail. Have your child show you their field notes. Talk about what their findings were. Who was smarter online, Mizzle or Electra? Why?

Continue the Digital Footprint Conversation

Discuss with your child different situations that show the seriousness of their digital footprint. Show them a picture of yourself 10 years ago that may be a little silly looking, possibly because of clothing style, today. Would your child be okay with having an image that they would not want around available online for people to see for the rest of their lives? Compare digital footprints to fossils. A fossil is around forever, their words and information on the internet will also be around forever. Discuss family rule for internet behavior.

Maryland Technology Literacy Standards

Standard 2.0 – Digital Citizenship: Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technology and its impact on society, and practice ethical, legal, and responsible use of technology to assure safety

3. Understand current Internet safety guidelines

a) Understand that the internet is a global community with guidelines

b) Explain safety and privacy issues treated to use of the internet

c) Practice Responsible use of technology systems

Digital Footprint and Reputation Information:

Common Sense Media (2014) Follow the digital trail (K-2). Retrieved from

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