Quick Guide to Digital Footprint & Identity
It’s important for kids to stay true to themselves and be responsible online. There are two main guiding concepts here:
Digital footprint: Communicating and interacting online creates a trail that is hard to remove – this is called a digital footprint. The footprint can consist of posts, comments, photos, text messages, search history, and more. Once online, getting rid of it is almost impossible. This is something that can affect kids, their family and friends.
Digital identity: When online, we’re all global digital citizens, along with people from all over the world. Given we are interacting with different people, we should help kids understand it’s important to be someone positive, with integrity and values.
Chat with your kids about creating a positive presence online. They can work on this by:
- Learning to take a moment to consider what they are about to reply, forward or post. Is the content true? Could it hurt someone? Does it include private information?
- Being respectful when interacting with people online