1. Introduction to Understand Your Digital Footprint
Every time you go online, you leave behind data -- or information -- about yourself.
The online information about you that exists as a result of your activity on the internetis called your digital footprint.
People may look at your digital footprint to find out more about you, such as collegeadmissions officers, potential employers, companies that would like you to buy theirproduct, and even criminals. For example, potential employers can viewinformation about you on your social media accounts or even your friends’ accounts.
Or companies may be able to see your search or purchase history.
They can use this data to develop opinions about you, make assumptions about your likesand dislikes, and try to sell you things. Sometimes you are aware of the data you areleaving behind -- for instance, when you fill out a form, make a purchase, post a comment,or upload a photo. Other times, it’s not obvious that you arecontributing to your digital footprint. You may be unaware that you leave data behindwhen browsing the internet, or that your location might be embedded in the photos you post.
It is important to be aware of all data you create on the internet so you can decideif you want to share it or not. In this lesson, you will think about all thethings that make up a person’s digital footprint and list them in a spreadsheet. Then, youwill mark all the actions you take and use conditional formatting to paint a pictureof your digital footprint. Complete this lesson by yourself or with agroup. If you are working in a group, get together with them now. If you don’t havea group, ask your teacher.
This lesson uses Google Sheets, but you couldcomplete it in any spreadsheet application or even with pen and paper.
To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.
Open a new tab in your browser, andnavigate to Google dot com. If you are not signed in, do so now.
If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.
To begin, open your Google Drive. Have one person in your group create a new spreadsheetand rename it.
Share the spreadsheet with each person in your group.
Then, move on to the next video to start paintinga picture of your digital footprint. Now, it’s your turn:Sign in to your Google account, And open and title a new spreadsheet.
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