Digital Life Skills / Digital Footprints

Digital Footprints

What is a digital footprint? Do you have one, have you ever Googled yourself?

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. It is important to encourage kids to use the internet as a social networking tool, publishing tool and research tool but it is as equally as important to teach them safe and appropriate use. Ignoring this role is ignoring the fundamentals of their way of learning, sharing, communicating and collaborating.

Think before you post, how much do our students understand about public and private when it comes to online activity?

Who is responsible to teach them the difference?

Can we if we do not have an online presence ourselves?

Other tools to track your digital footprint:

Social Mention

Another great tool for searching the social Web offers a quick glance at mentions of your name on the Web. Just enter your name and switch between blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, comments, events, images, news or all of them at once.

Who Is Talking


Digital Citizenship Using Technology Appropriately

Ethical codes
Many organizations and individuals have written lists of ethical standards for technology use. One of the mostly widely used and easily understood sets of computer use principals comes from the Computer Ethics Institute reprinted here with permission.

The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics by the Computer Ethics Institute
  1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
  2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people’s computer work.
  3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people’s computer files.
  4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
  5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
  6. Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
  7. Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
  8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
  9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
  10. Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that insure consideration and respect for your fellow humans.

Erasing The Digital Past Companies specialize in reputation management for those who may have digital footprints which are not as complimentary as they would like.