10 things students should know about their digital footprints

Teachhub, a site designed by teachers for teachers has published a list of 10 things children and young adults should know about digital citizenship.

These include:

  1. Prospective employers do social media searches for you and their opinions are swayed by what you’ve published
  2. Keep private information private
  3. Don’t say anything online you wouldn’t say in person.

Read the whole post here.

Digital citizenship starter kit

Edmodo has recently published a digital citizenship starter kit that was developed in conjunction with Common Sense Media. Although primarily aimed at educators, it does give great tips on how to have conversations with children and young adults about:

  • internet safety
  • cyberbullying
  • relationships and community
  • digital identity
  • information literacy

Worth checking out.

Personal branding in the age of Google

Although written three years ago, Seth Godin’s piece on personal branding in the age of Google is as relevant as ever. He details how a friend advertised for a housekeeper and what happened when said friend Googled all applicants….

Godin says

Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you’re on Candid Camera, because you are.

As always, excellent advice from Seth Godin.

Our space: being a responsible citizen of the digital world – free eBook

A free eBook, Our space: being a responsible citizen of the digital world has been made available to students, parents and educators. Contributors include scholar Henry Jenkins and world renowned educator Howard Gardner.

The five core themes that the book looks at that are highly relevant for the online world are:

  • identity,
  • privacy,
  • authorship and ownership,
  • credibility, and
  • participation.

Chapters include:

    1. Road Map to Our Space


  1. Participation
    1. Our Space, Our Guidelines
    2. Divided Nations
    3. Flamers, Lurkers, and Mentors
    4. Taking Perspectives: Views from Youth
    5. I Thought You Should Know
  2. Identity
    1. Identity Play in Online Spaces
    2. Linking Avatar and Self
  3. Privacy
    1. Being Anonymous
    2. Facebook for All
    3. Trillion-Dollar Footprint


A parent’s pledge to raise a responsible digital citizen

Annie Fox, an American educator who empowers young people through increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence skills and stress-reduction strategies, has published a manifesto for today’s parents.

Some of the pledges include:

  • Social media is part of my child’s world. As a Safety Conscious Digital Parent, I pledge to do my best to raise my child to be a responsible digital citizen.
  • I pledge to support my child’s use of age-appropriate social networking sites and to teach my child how to play safe and stay safe online so (s)he can grow in positive ways from online activities.

Read the whole pledge here. A great follow on from last week’s pieces from danah boyd.

Netsafe: learn, guide, protect

Netsafe: learn, guide, protect is a New Zealand project sponsored by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. It provides background and theory on the topic of digital citizenship. They have an excellent definition of what digital citizenship means:

A digital citizen:

  • is a confident and capable user of ICT
  • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship
As we know the value of being a good digital citizen and how our digital footprint can influence our lives, either positively or negatively, this is a great resource to assist our children. Check out the site for more information.

Digital footprints matter

Either way, kids will have to learn that their digital footprint is born from the moment they start posting on each other’s walls and create their first online avatar. They’ll have to figure out that every YouTube video they upload will be a reflection of themselves as the public sees them. With guidance from parents and educators, they can figure out what the world knows about them via mindshift.kqed.org

This quote comes from an excellent article from on the Mind/Shift blog .

Facebook and social networks aren’t going away anytime soon, and the better parents understand this, the better they’ll be able to help their kids understand it too.

The irony here is that the fear doesn’t come from the traditional “stranger danger” but from how kids behave towards each other online.

Read the entire article here.