WEEK 5: Your digital footprint

February 1, 2016

Challenge yourself with a couple of non-rhetorical questions:

  1. How are you preparing for life after high school, whether you go to college, technical school or straight into the workforce? Make a list.
  2. What do the words “digital footprint” or “digital tattoo” mean to you? Make a list.

Now, what does one have to do with the other? After defining what a digital footprint is – the positives and the negatives of a digital footprint – you should see that decreasing the negative aspects and increasing the positive aspects should be a part of the first list.

To help you understand some of what composes your digital footprint/tattoo, watch the following video:

 

Some of what goes into your digital footprint is unavoidable, but much can be controlled by you and should be:

 

Ever think about what your own digital footprint looks like? What might others find if they searched for your profiles and other pieces of your profile?

 

Your assignment for the week is to do a search on yourself. Do the search without logging into anything from the computer you are on. What can you find through Google or other search engines? Is there more than one person with your name? Look at the information on this infographic about Google Yourself searches and try some of the tips provided.

Once you find information about yourself, determine if it is information you’d like to have found about you by potential employers, college admissions counselors or scholarship grantors.

Write a blog post about your findings and about what you can do to create a positive digital footprint to move your schooling and career forward. Also reflect on your privacy settings and discuss what changes you may make to your habits and to your social media privacy settings and what you hope that will accomplish.

As usual, draft in Google docs, share with a peer for feedback, then share with me.

 

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