Grade 7

The Power of Digital Footprints

How might our digital footprints shape our future?

Our digital footprints can impact our future. What others find about us online shapes how they see us or feel about us.  Help your students learn about their digital footprint and the steps they can take to shape what others find and see about them online.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Define the term "digital footprint" and explain how it can affect their online privacy.
  • Analyze how different parts of their digital footprint can lead others to draw conclusions -- both positive and negative -- about who they are.
  • Use the Take a Stand thinking routine to examine a dilemma about digital footprints.
Key Vocabulary: digital footprint  ·  invisible audience  ·  persistent
digital footprint:
all of the information online about a person, either posted by that person or others, intentionally or unintentionally
invisible audience:
anyone who can see information about you or posted by you online
lasting a long time
Digital Footprint & Identity
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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