Task 1: Digital footprint - safe use of the Internet
"Protect yourself and help keep the web a
safer place for everyone"
When you interact in a digital environment you leave behind a data trail of interactions referred to as a digital footprint. In social media a digital footprint can refer to the size of a person's "online presence" measured by the number of individuals with whom they interact (Wikipedia, 2013).
Privacy is about protecting your personal information in online environments. The use of web based tools for education is increasing and it is important for both teachers and students to become "good stewards of their online presence" (Educause, 2010, point #7).
- Commonsense media has a range of tips about Privacy and Internet Safety for pre-schoolers to teens. Tweens (10-12) and Teens (13+).
- The StaySmartOnline website provides lots of useful information about staying safe online. They have a section dedicated to Kids & Teens that includes information about protecting your personal information and privacy, as well as fun games and resources for students and resources for teachers.
- The Northern Territory Department of Education and Training has published an acceptable computer and Internet usage agreement for students that is succinct and easy to understand.