Growing Up Digital
Digital Footprints & Reputation

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:

  • Using technology to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • Developing and using critical thinking skills in digital environments
  • Using technology to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • Respecting the concepts of privacy, freedom of speech, and intellectual property in a digital world

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:

  • Think long term. Remember that digital lives endure.
  • Keep personal information private.
  • Use privacy settings on your social network pages. Don't use public postings.
  • Protect your friends' privacy as well as your own.
  • Treat others as you want to be treated.

Family Tip Sheets

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