As more classrooms fill up with technology, so increases the need for our students to truly understand the concept of Digital Footprint. From Webopedia: On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or “footprints” that people leave online. This is information transmitted online, such as forum registration, e-mails and attachments, uploading videos or digital images and any other form of transmission of information — all of which leaves traces of personal information about yourself available to others online.
There are quite a few great websites geared toward kids. Here are a few to explore with your students:
According to a study by AVG, the Internet Securities company, 92% of children under age 2 already have a Digital Footprint. A little over 1/2 of all kids between the ages of 6-9 regularly use a social network.
With that in mind, here is a great site geared toward educating parents about their child’s Digital Footprint:
Here is a collection of youtube videos about Digital Footprint.
A final note on this topic is that a Digital Footprint can be a very positive thing as well. Increasingly people are putting greater weight toward our online identities. Just this past week, a high profile ad company announced they had an opening and would not be accepting resumes. The requirements were high Kred and Klout scores and an active Twitter feed with over 1000 active followers.
Safe surfing everyone!