Educational resources for schools and public health
©2010 Learning ZoneXpress
Run time: 21 minutes
Audience: Grade 8 - Adult
Your digital footprint is the data trace left by your activity in a digital environment, whether on the Internet, buying something with a credit card, or using a mobile phone. Like everything on the web, digital data cannot be washed away - it remains forever, a permanent footprint. Discover how the things you do in a digital environment can ultimately impact your life, including:
• Your Digital Identity - A Permanent Step
• Sharing and Scaring - The Dangers of Sexting
• Social networking - Safe Steps
• Cleaning Up - Putting Your Best Digital Foot Forward
Digital Footprint Video Worksheet
"Succinct but packed with relevant information, Digital Footprint presents a primer on the importance of keeping your digital data safe and appropriate. Noting that kids today begin their digital profile at birth, creating data tracks along the way (from a library card to a debit card), the program combines commentary from a knowledgeable adult host with clips featuring teens offering their take on various scenarios. Digital Footprint serves up a helpful guide to "putting your best digital foot forward." ★★★½, Highly recommended.
– Video Librarian May/June 2011
"This program offers an accessible, non-didactic overview of the data you leave in the digital world everyday simply by using the Internet, credit or debit cards, and mobile phones. Explains how to find out what information about you is available in the digital environment, how to create a positive and professional digital footprint, and how to smartly manage social networking sites. An important, useful caveat for viewers."
– School Library Journal, April 2011
"In an authoritative but nonpreachy manner, the principal narrator explains the concept of digital identity, talks about sexting and social networking, and offers advice about how to use technology in a safe, productive manner. Several references to reactions from colleges or prospective employers make this production most appropriate for high school juniors and seniors, but younger teens will find the tips and advice most helpful as well."
– Booklist, February 1, 2011
"In today's information-saturated society, where researching the digital footprint of a prospective employee is par for the course, being aware of one's digital footprint and the lasting repercussions that a fleeting moment of digital indiscretion can have are more important than ever. Digital Footprint: Watch Where You Step deserves the highest recommendation for classroom viewing and public library collections."
– The Midwest Book Review, December 2010