Alex Arvisais 

Digital Literacy – Digital Footprint 

1.) How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? 

If you’re trying to get a new job, the employer will always try to figure out more about you first. They will do this by searching you up online, to make sure there’s nothing horrible about you there. If your digital footprint is clean, you won’t have to worry about this, and in fact, it might benefit you.The same thing can happen at college, as the people there will try to figure out if you‘re suitable, and if you have the talents to go to their school. If you’re already experienced in online learning, they can find that online, which would increase your chances. 

2.) Describe at least 3 strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe. 

A huge way to make sure you’re being appropriate online is to think, “Why should I/should I not post this?” and if you’re unsure, it’s better to stay on the safe side, and not post it at all. If you have reason behind your post, for example it’s informative, or funny for everyone, then you can go ahead and send it. If not, all you’re doing is ruining your digital footprint. 

 

 

 

 

Another way to keep your digital footprint appropriate is to imagine one of your parents seeing what you write. If you would be fine with your mom/dad finding out the language you use online, your footprint is usually more positive than negative. 

The final way to make sure you’re being safe online, is to think of the effect that your words will have on others. The people that you’re communicating with online are REAL people, and not just text on a screen. It will affect them, in a negative or positive way depending on what you’re saying. 

3.) What information did you learn that you would pass on to other students? How would you go about telling them? 

By searching myself up online, I’ve found out that I have a pretty clean digital footprint. It is challenging to find even something negative on my footprint, and the one thing that I did find, I deleted soon after. All in all, I would tell other students to do their best to not create a worse digital footprint for themselves, while cleaning out anything bad that you’ve had in the past. You always want to leave a good impression on people, be it online or offline. I would go about telling other students this by making suggestions to what they are already doing, asking them to improve when necessary, and encourage them when they’re doing well.

 

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