AGE 16–17Icon UkUk Lesson Plan

Who's Looking at Your Digital Footprint? (UK)

How can information you post online affect your future opportunities?

Our digital footprints can have a powerful impact on our future. This can be a scary thought, given that what's in our digital footprint isn't always in our control. Teach learners that digital footprints are an opportunity to showcase their best selves and craft a footprint that leads to future success.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Learn that they have a public presence online called a "digital footprint".
  • Recognise that any information they post online can help or hurt their future opportunities (university admission, employment, etc.).
  • Create a vignette that shows how a positive digital footprint can help someone take advantage of an opportunity.
Key Vocabulary: digital footprint  ·  personal branding
digital footprint:
a record of what you do online, including the sites you visit and the things you post; it can also include things that others post that involve you, such as pictures or comments
personal branding:
the practice of marketing yourself to the public using social media, a personal website, advertisements, or other non-digital tools
Digital Footprint & Identity

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Future Tracks Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips