Our online lives are public and permanent. All online activity creates a digital footprint which is fossilized. This means that things that were created in the moment in the interest of fun or as the result of a an angry moment can live forever. If we are not careful and attentive to this fact our future lives may be subject to consequences from our choices. Colleges are now checking the social media postings of potential students, and employers are doing the same for applicants. We believe that our students must be taught to make good choices as they interact online.
Characteristics of a good digital citizen include:
With parents and guardians as our partners, we can help our students to gain skills, understandings, and dispositions that will enable them to be responsible and safe in these digital environments.
Here are some tips that both children and adults can use to maintain their digital footprint:
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