5. Understand Your Digital Footprint Wrap-Up

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In this lesson, you brainstormed the kinds of actions that people take online that leave a digital footprint.

You worked in a spreadsheet to make a list of actions that actively contribute to a person’s digital footprint.

You also learned about cookies, browser history, geolocation, and metadata, which are less obvious ways that people add to their digital footprint.

Then, you added color to your spreadsheet to create a picture of your own digital footprint using conditional formatting.

If you worked with others, compare footprints with your group.

What are some things that you all do online?

What kind of data is left behind when you do those things?

Then, think about your own digital footprint as a whole.

If all someone knows about you is the data in your digital footprint, what impression would that person have about you?

Lots of people may look at parts of your digital footprint.

For example, college admissions officers, sports coaches, employers, or even criminals might look at your online activity to find out more about you.

You may want to make an effort to create a smaller digital footprint and take less action online.

Or, you may want to add more information to your digital footprint so you can share things you want people to know about you.

For instance, you can shape your digital footprint in a positive way by creating a blog or website that showcases your work and interests.

Everyone who uses the internet has a digital footprint.

By examining your digital footprint, you become aware of the information you are leaving behind, who is collecting it, and why.

Then, you can start to make more informed decisions about the information you share online.

Certificate of Completion

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