Activity #1 of this weeks Student Blogging Challenge asks students to examine their Digital Footprint. A great activity – one I encourage everyone (not just students) to complete.
But Sir, “What is my digital footprint”?
According to Wikipedia, “a digital footprint is a collection of activities and behaviours recorded when an entity (such as a person) interacts in a digital environment.”
In my terms, a digital footprint is where you’ve been, what you’ve shared, and how you’ve interacted in an electronic world (web, cell phones, gaming, etc.)…..oh, and the bread crumbs you’ve left behind.
Summer Vacation just ended…take a moment to sit back and think what you accomplished this summer. Retrace your steps and reflect on how you represented yourself. What happened – would you care to share? Chances are if you are proud of your accomplishments you’d be happy to share, and if you are disappointed in your summer you would tend to keep it to yourself.
Now think about the past two months and how many times you interacted with digital environments? Could you retrace your steps and reflect on how you represented yourself. COULD SOMEONE ELSE SEE WHERE YOU’VE BEEN? THE ANSWER IS YES! Most digital interactions can be and are tracked.
Don’t believe me – take a moment & GOOGLE YOURSELF (put your name, town and other info about yourself into the search box and see what results YOU pop up in).
Now consider this —–Would you share this info with parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, & friends. Would they want to know, & would you want them to know? And would they proud of your actions/info?
THE INTERNET IS A PUBLIC PLACE AND INTERACTIONS CAN BE VIEWED BY OTHERS —- SO PLEASE REPRESENT YOURSELF IN A POSITIVE MANNER.
Today’s digital world provides you many new sharing avenues. It helps people stay connected, and stay in touch. It provides new opportunities- even for school work. Working together and sharing your academic accomplishments is encouraged. BUT WHEN YOU DO SHARE TAKE STEPS TO SHARE SAFELY. PLEASE BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR ACTIONS AND CREATE A POSITIVE DIGITAL FOOTPRINT!
Take time to read over our Blogging Guidelines that will direct you on how to safely share on our class blog.
AND FINALLY TAKE THE TIME TO SHARE A COMMENT IN YOUR OWN WORDS ABOUT WHAT A DIGITAL FOOTPRINT IS. AS WELL AS WHAT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO ENSURE YOU ARE SAFELY INTERACTING IN THIS DIGITAL WORLD.