Digital Foot Print

Your questions about a digital foot print answered here!

What is a Digital Foot Print? Why is it important?

A digital footprint is a trail of data you create while using the Internet. In includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online media. In an age where everything can be “Googled” and online privacy no longer exists, students have a whole new reputation at stake—their digital reputation, or their digital footprint.College admissions and employers do read your online profiles and they do make decisions based upon information they find out about you online that is why your digital footprint is so important to maintain clean.

My Digital Foot Print

My digital footprint consists of my social media. I have a Instagram, a Twitter, a Linkedin account, a Facebook account and a Youtube Channel.

  • Instagram:For my instagram I post my photography that I take in my spare time. This impacts my digital footprint by showing people that I can do photography some what well and it tells people that I have a skill in Photography which might be useful for a certain job in the future.
  • Twitter: For my Twitter account I tweet things that are going on in my life or things that make me happy. I use it regularly to see what my role models are doing or what my friends are doing. I follow anyone I like. I favorite the things that make me happy or make me laugh. I also re-tweet things that also make me laugh or bring me joy. This may have an impact on my digital footprint because people may not like what I tweet or like and deny me for somethings.
  • Linkedin: For my Linkedin account I don't really use it a lot. I used it for school purposes only and I don't use it anymore. This may impact my Digital foot print because I am not trying to contact anyone or look for things with my Linkedin.
  • Facebook: For my Facebook account, I rarely use it. When I do I like things that I relate to or what i'm tagged in. I rarely get tagged in things but I tag people sometimes in photo's at family events but not a lot though. I re-post things that are funny/cute or again what i'm tagged in .This may impact my digital foot print by people not seeing that much about me and being curious as to what I do when I have spare time.
  • Youtube: I do have a Youtube channel I watch videos daily. I have a video posted up on my youtube account of a video edit I made and i'm not that proud of it so I really want to delete it. I use playlists for personal use and other things. This may impact my digital footprint by showing people that I do indeed spend alot of time on the internet and it might not be what they are looking for.

What impact does a digital footprint have on your future?

Some people don't realize that what they say and do online can be seen by others. Governors, Senators, police, teachers, and other public officials and employees have lost their jobs due to their risky online behavior.

Students have been kicked off sports teams and even out of college for posting pictures of themselves doing or saying inappropriate things online. Some young people have even been arrested and had to register as sex offenders for sharing inappropriate images over the Internet via computer and text messaging. And don't think this only happens to people that live far away, because I am telling you about things that have happened recently, locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally.

To make matters worse, you might not get into college or get a job you want all because of some dumb picture, video, or text you or a friend posted online. You really need to "Think b4 U Click!" Is this something you would want your parents, teachers, coaches, and perspective employers and college acceptence officials to see? If not, don't say it.

What can you do to continue to improve your online identity?

  1. Guard your privacy

  2. Protect your reputation

  3. Know that nothing is private online

  4. Assume everyone is watching

  5. Apply the "Golden Rule"

  6. Watch the clock - In other words, don't live your whole life online, get out and do something!

  7. Choose wisely - not everything online is good for you

  8. Don't hide behind your screen name

  9. Think about what you see - don't believe everything you see online

  10. Be smart and safe!

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this semester about maintaining a positive Digital Footprint?

This semester I learned that if I put out something on the internet it is almost impossible to erase it forever.Once you post something, it'll stay there for a very long time.I have also learned to only post positive things online because everyone can see it. Another thing that I learned was to go out more and do more things so that people will know you're not one of those kids that only sit inside and scroll through the internet all day.