Tag Archives: digital footprint

Critical Reasons Students Need a Clean Online Presence

A digital footprint is a trail left by your interactions in the digital environment; including usage of  mobile phone, Internet and  mobile web and other devices and sensors. How much of your information from your daily life gets recorded by big business and Big Brother? Play Discovery Channel’s simple scenario game  to determine the digital footprint you are imprinting and leaving behind.

How do we help our students to have a positive digital footprint – to think about behaviors, expectations and skills needed when interacting with others in digital spaces? The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project  conducted a research project entitled Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites, aimed at understanding teenagers’ behaviour online.  The report examined teens’ pro-social and anti-social behaviours, ranging from the creation of support groups to cyber bullying and cyber harassment in online spaces.

As the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites, maintaining a positive digital footprint is imperative. The post, 12 Most Critical Reasons Students Need a Clean Online Presence, examines the tools students use to communicate, and then places the use of those tools in the broader context of how these tools creating an impression of themselves.

As many employers search potential employee’s digital footprint, ensure that you and your students always put the best foot forward.

Networked Privacy

Danah Boyd discusses how we are connected – through communications, data, and interactions. How can we share, but maintain a level of privacy in today’s networked environment?

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media provides ideas for developing digital citizens – students who use digital tools responsibly, respectfully, and safely.