Grade 7

The Power of Digital Footprints

What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

What others find about us online shapes who they think we are and how they feel about us. But do kids know what kinds of tracks they've already left? Help your students learn about their digital footprints and the steps they can take in the future to shape what others find and see about them online.

Students will be able to:
  • Define the term "digital footprint" and explain how it can affect their online privacy.
  • Analyze how different parts of their digital footprints can lead others to draw conclusions -- both positive and negative -- about who they are.
  • Reflect on what they want their digital footprints to be in the future and how they can monitor and shape them.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 50 mins.
Warm Up:
Every Time Online
15 mins.
Choose a Host
25 mins.
Wrap Up:
My Digital Footprint
10 mins.

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Video: Your Digital Footprints Watch
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Student Handout: Choose A Host Student Version Answer Key
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