Digital Footprint – Be Kind and Careful Online
Skill #7 – Digital Footprint- What Does Yours Say About You?
They say actions speak louder than words and when it comes to our Digital Footprint, this statement rings true. A Digital Footprint is a trail of someone’s online activity that cannot be erased. Students need to understand the permanence of their own Digital Footprint, much like a tattoo. Obviously, our young students do not understand the full scope of what permanence really means but these conversations need to happen in a way that kids can understand once they begin to utilize the internet.
Whenever anyone makes an online purchase, posts a comment or photo to an online community or social media site, conducts a search, plays a game…anything done online can be traced back to them. What does your Digital Footprint say about you?
Any of these interactions can influence how others may see you, like photos, videos, and even comments you may have posted. Could a photo you post online today be misunderstood by someone else that may not know you or the details around the photo that was taken? Often times the text that accompanies an image when posted online is not part of the meta-data when that image is shared with someone else so even if you explained the image in a message, the message would not be clear once the photo was forwarded.
What Personal Information is NOT Safe To Share?
Do not get YAPPY, in other words, DO NOT SHARE:
Your full name,
* Bonus Tip- It is always a good idea to check out your privacy settings on any site you visit so you know what is being shared with whom.
Great Video For Explaining Your Digital Footprint
Be Kind Online – Practice Friendly Commenting
- Friendly Commenting– There is an old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say….(Can you finish Thumper’s famous quote from Disney’s Classic Bambi cartoon?) Don’t say it at all!” What seems like a relevant and appropriate thing to say in the heat of the moment, may not be appropriate for all audiences. Remember, behind every avatar, there is a real person.
- Be Respectful When Sharing or Commenting. Don’t share what others share with you unless you have their permission. People have different ideas about what information about them is private or public. I have created a set of slides that can help you walk your kids through the 3 Steps to Collaborating In Google Docs & Slides which includes a selection of polite conversation starters to post on your board for kids to model.
- Report Any Cyberbullying to a Parent or Adult You Trust. Be an “Upstander” by making positive comments about the person being bullied. When you do this, it builds a positive environment and can change the “Vibe” from negative to positive.
- Respect Copyright by citing your sources
- Be Responsible with Devices– “Fess Up” when you do something wrong so your teacher can fix the damage.
AVAILABLE SOON!! In my next post, I will have all 7 Digital Citizenship Skills from this series compiled for you in one convenient set of slides for $14.95.
Those 7 Skills are:
1. Protect private information by using a strong password.
2. Privacy settings
3. Copyright – Respect Digital Property
4. How to Find Safe Downloads
5. Connecting to Wi-Fi in Public Places
6. Recognizing Scams & Tips to Recognize “Fake News”
7. Understanding the Permanence of our Digital Footprint
Geotagging – What is it and how to remove it from your photos in Google Photos
A Google Form to Assess Student Mastery
A Printable Digital Citizenship Student Pledge
- Scaffolded Step-by-step instructions for Online Safety Skills
- Real-Life Scenario Lessons for most of the skills presented
- A Google Form to assess students
- A Digital Citizenship Pledge Card for completion
- BONUS- How to Remove Geolocation (Geotagging) from an image in Google Slides
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