In this lesson, you brainstormed the kinds of actions that people take online that leavea digital footprint.
You worked with your group in a spreadsheet to make a list of actions that actively contributeto 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 footprints.
Then, you painted a picture of your own digital footprint using conditional formatting.
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 digital footprint as a whole. If all someone knows about you isthe 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 admissionsofficers, sports coaches, employers, or even criminals might look at your online activityto find out more about you.
You may want to make an effort to create a smaller digital footprint and take less actiononline. Or, you may want to add more information to your digital footprint so youcan 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 websitethat showcases your work and interests.
Sharing this kind of information helps people know who you are, what you care about, andwhat you’ve accomplished. Everyone who uses the internet has a digitalfootprint. There are many online resources to help you learn ways to reduce your digitalfootprint and limit the amount of information you share online or enhance your online presence.
By painting a picture of your digital footprint, you become aware of the information you areleaving behind, who is collecting it, and why, and you can make informed decisions aboutthe information you share online.