What is your Digital Footprint? What trails are you leaving online? Have you Googled yourself lately? Or checked other search engines like Spokeo, Pipl, SocialMention and PeekYou? What is public about you on Facebook? Things you share online are permanent, just like a tattoo! What does your Digital Tattoo look like?
This is a huge topic, covering topics like online reputation, privacy, bullying, responsibility, safety, fair-use, sharing, courtesy, citizenship. Our students (and many of us!) are living huge portions of their lives online, and as educators we need to understand this world and help them navigate it.
“Digital citizenship is a messy subject, and schools should be a safe place to explore it.” Sarah Ludwig, Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship
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Common Sense Media: Digital Footprint Intro
- Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship blog post by Sarah Ludwig.
- Digital Footprints — How big and do they stink? Paige Jaeger’s article with links to videos and other resources.
- Is your school’s “digital citizenship” practice a pass or fail?
- What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship – “9 Key Ps” of digital citizenship from Vicki Davis
- It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked Teens. by danah boyd An important read about how teens use technology. “What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media.” (Click on menu bars at top left for option to download a free copy of the ebook.)
Students Rights, Online Privacy, College and Jobs? What’s your point of view?
- They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets – Should colleges be checking social media profiles of applicants for admission?
- Memo HR staff: a social profile is not a CV: Young people need to be protected from cyber-spying by prospective employers. A student’s point of view on employers checking applicants’ social media profiles.
Ideas for Classroom Activities
- See Why This English Teacher Says Digital Citizenship Must Begin With Pen and Paper
- Digital Citizenship Education – Lessons on Cyber Safety, Bullying and more. Suitable for younger grades, adapatable for older.
- A Great Guide on Teaching Students about Digital Footprint Nice lesson for helping students (and adults!) learn more about their digital footprint.
- How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First
- The Product Being Sold – Blog post about a lesson for 7th grade students.
- analog twitter wall to build relationships and digital citizenship
- Recap apps – A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation
- 2014 Recap: 15 Top Resources On Digital Citizenship – links to lesson plans, games and more.
- Citizenship in the Digital Age: Sample Lesson Plans for Grades 1-12 – Ideas from the NYC Dept of Education. Also Explore the NYC Student Social Media Guidelines
MORE IDEAS & RESOURCES TO EXPLORE
- A Student’s Guide to Personal Publishing– 2 page PDF with tips for what to consider before publishing something.
- Digital Citizenship Education: Over 20 Essential Resources – part 1 – And part 2
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Webinars introduce you to the Common Sense Media resources.
- Social Networking, Technology, and Safety: Engaging your Community (for AASL members)
- 15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook If Facebook is for now just for “old folks”, what services ARE teens using?
- Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Media – Free, interactive iPad books for students in grades k-12. Also includes teachers’ guides.
- Edutopia’s Digital Citizenship Pinterest board Lots of graphics, articles and more.
- Connect Safely For parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web and mobile technology. Here you’ll find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe and productive use of connected technology.
- Digital Citizenship: 6 resources for educators
- Removing your Personal Info from Data Brokers – If you don’t like what you see about yourself online, this is a place to start to delete info.
- What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?
- What skills do students need? What should be taught at different ages?
- What are the challenges?
- What privacy rights do students have? Should employers and colleges be looking at Facebook and Twitter?
- What are the consequences of over-sharing?
- How might educators partner with parents to educate the community?
Like many of our other topics, focus on something that interests you, explore it and share your thoughts and ideas in your blog posts. Some ideas include:
- Read some of the resources above. Share your thoughts.
- Share what you’re already doing or hope to do.
- Did you find any interesting activities or ideas that you might implement?
- Share additional resources that you’ve found.
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