The Student Blog Challenge, Leaving Footprints, has helped us learn a lot about our digital footprint and being safe on the Internet. In fact, we may have learned more than we would have liked to 😯 . It can all seem a little bit scary and creepy. Our immediate urge was to completely unplug (well, maybe not from the video games), but it has opened our eyes to being more aware, which is a good thing.
I believe that technology has it beneficial uses; it is just a shame that people also use it for malicious reasons , but I guess that is the nature of mankind. We take the good with the bad. Though, maybe it is only our own perception that makes things good or bad. Hmmm….? A thought provoking question: What is bad Internet/technology usage?
(Listen to your heart, to the voice inside, before you do anything. It will tell you what is right or wrong. What you send out into the universe will come back to you ten times greater.)
Your digital foot print is the trail you leave behind online about yourself. The goal is to develop a strong, positive digital footprint.
- Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your future children to see.
- What you do online, stays online, whether it is gaming, commenting, blogging, and such.
- Be respectful.
- Always think first – before you post something.
- Be Safe: check your privacy settings; use a user name when doing anything online; post stuff that says simple, non-specific details about yourself, but is still you; always check with your parents first before signing up for anything.
Yes, Mr. Seal, you now have a digital footprint. In this day and age, your picture, comments, text messages, or anything you do can be put on the internet without you even knowing it. It may not seem right, but it can happen all the same.
I remember when I was in school (a long time ago 🙂 ) that people use to say, “Be careful! What you do might end up on your PERMANENT RECORD!!” Well, that is more true in our day of technology than ever before. So remember, what you do nowadays may wind up on “Your PERMANENT Digital Footprint Record.”
Final thought: Is it better to have a negative digital footprint than none at all? And what would you consider to be a negative digital footprint?