Grade 9

Protecting Online Reputations

How can you respect the privacy of others online?

Tagging friends on social media is a great way to connect with others and capture memorable experiences. But what if they don't want to be tagged? Encourage your students to take responsibility for how they may affect the digital footprints of others.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Define "digital reputation," and identify examples of social media posts that can have a positive or negative effect.
  • Use the 1-2-3-1 Perspectives activity to consider the causes and effects of posting about others online.
  • Generate a list of questions to ask themselves before posting pictures or information about someone else.
Key Vocabulary: digital footprint  ·  digital reputation  ·  sharenting
digital footprint:
all the information online about a person either posted by that person or others, intentionally or unintentionally
digital reputation:
what people think about you based on what they see online (social media, public information, photos, etc.)
posting comments or photos of children on social media that show excessive or sensitive details about their lives
Digital Footprint & Identity
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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Lesson Plan

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What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Perspectives On Posting Handout
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources