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My Digital Footprint

My Digital Footprint

Overview

One thing is for certain, because of their age and limited life experience, young people need guidance navigating the online world, while being respectful and responsible online, taking steps to protect their personal information and building positive a digital footprint.

Summary

This activity will make students aware of what a digital footprint is and the online activities that contribute to a digital footprint.  It also helps students identify what information should remain private and not shared online.

Background for Teachers

Length of Lesson: 25-30 minutes

Age:  10-12 year olds

Group size: 20-25 

ISTE Student Standards: 2a

Depending on your learners, you may need to pre-teach: footprint, permanent, protect, privacy, respect, responsibility. Do Not pre-teach digital footprint.

 

Vocabulary

Digital Footprint: the information we leave behind from everything we do online

Responsibility: duty you have to yourself or others

Teaching Children About Digital Footprints and Online Reputations (with Student Poster)

The information from Kathleen Morris (Primary Tech) provides good information about helping teachers create digitally literate global learners. There are also a variey of helpful links to posters and videos in teaching digital citizenship.

Student Prior Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of respect each others ideas and opinions, showing responsibility to ourselves and others by treating others online how you would want to be treated, showing your best self when you're online.

Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

Objectives:

Students will be able to identify online activities that contribute to our digital footprint.

Students will be able to identify what information should remain private.

 

Success Criteria:

Students will define what a digital footprint is. 

Students will complete a lesson quiz.

 

 

Instructional Procedures

1. Say: Let's pretend, that you are a hunter trying to track a bear. You and your hound dog find the trail of a bear in the woods and notice paw prints in the soft soil.  Because of your training, you can tell what direction the bear is headed, how fast it is going, and about how big it is. This is valuable information for the hunter, and the bear didn't even know that clues were being left behind automatically.

Like paw prints left on a trail in the woods, our digital footprints leave information of what we do online.

2. Video: What's Your Digital Footprint? (Common Sense Education)

Say: Our digital footprint is all the stuff we leave behind as we use the Internet: comments on social media, app use, photo sharing, email records, the list goes on-it's part of our online history.

3.  Review worksheet:  Digital Footprint and Online Reputation

4. Video: 5 Ways to Make a Positive Digital Footprint!

5.  Say:  We must pay special attention to the type of information you share and keep private.

*Brainstorm the personal information you should keep private and avoid sharing online.

 

Assessment Plan

Name________________                                Digital Footprint Quiz

 

  1.  What is a digital footprint?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1.  How can you make responsible choices before posting online?

T_______________

H_______________

I _______________

N_______________

K_______________

  1. List 3 types of personal information should you avoid sharing online?

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

 

Answer Key to Digital Footprint Quiz

Name________________                                Digital Footprint Quiz

 

  1.  What is a digital footprint?

A digital footprint is the information we leave behind from everything we do online.

  1.  How can you make responsible choices before posting online?

Think

Helpful

Inspiring

Necessary

Kind

  1. List 3 types of personal information should you avoid sharing online?

Your full name, address, phone number, passwords, birthdate, etc.

 

Family Engagement Resources

Follow up activities

Watch the video, "What is Personal Information," with your parents about keeping personal informtion private.

Provide the Health Powered Kids Article, "Setting and Keeping Healthy Boundaries Online"