Information Technology Education
Material Type:
Upper Elementary
Digital Citizenship
Creative Commons Attribution
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs

Education Standards

What's My Digital Identity


This is a simple lesson plan to teach about privacy and digital footprint.  


This lesson plan is designed to help students understand how what they post on social media leaves an impression.  It will teach students to think about what they post to make sure they are protection themselves and being a good digital citizen.



Background for teachers

These articles will be helpful as preparation for this lesson.  It shares good guidelines for using socail media.



Student Background knowledge

Play this game to activate student knowledge.  It will also help you know how your students are using socail media.



Objectives and leaning intentions

In this lesson, students will gain a better understanding of ISTE 2a:  Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.  

They will also discuss private and personal data that should or should not be shared online.

  • 2d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

Instructional Procedures

First, share the short video "Private and Personal Information"

After the video, have the students find a "turn and talk" partner to discuss the following questions with.

  1. What type of information about you is OK to share?

  2. What type of information isn't?

  3. Why shouldn't you share private information?

Assessment Plan-How will students show what they know?

After the video and discussion, have the students complete an "Online Sharing Exit Ticket".  In this handout, students share what they think they should or should not share online.