The internet is a treasure trove of information about all sorts of things and all sorts of people. There is so much great stuff out there, and it is so important to be able to find it. Unfortunately, sometimes, when looking for the good stuff, people find stuff that is not so good. If we don’t want our students to suffer the (often severe) consequences of having not-so-good information about them freely available on the internet, then we must teach them to create a positive digital foot print instead.
Four years ago, blogger Chris Betcher wrote:
I can see a day in the not too distant future (if it’s not already here) where your “digital footprint” will carry far more weight than anything you might include in a resume or CV.
If it was true four years ago, it is at least doubly true today. The great blogger, Seth Godin wrote:
This is an important lesson for everyone. We must all work to present ourselves well online, and to do that, we need the help and cooperation of our friends and family. One of the most important rules for being online is The Golden Rule: only post things about others that you wouldn’t mind having them post about you! For more information about Digital Footprints, see this page.