Trillion Dollar Footprint
Digital Citizenship Lesson- Common Sense Media
What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?
Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Students then learn that they can take some control over their digital footprint based on what they post online.
Learning Overview and Objectives
Students watch the video “The Digital Footprint” to learn how information online can easily get out of one’s control. They then examine the blog posts, photos, and profiles of two fictional host applicants for a TV show called “Trillion Dollar Footprint” and decide which would make a more honest host who works well with others. A key message of the lesson is that although online information provides an incomplete picture of a person, it can still affect how others view that person.
Students will be able to ...
#1: Watch the Video
Imagery? Lighthouse? Copies and Whispering in Ear? Stadium Jumbotron? Permanent Marker?REVIEW with students the concept that all of the information about someone online makes up his or her digital footprint, and that this information can be searched; copied and passed on; seen by a large, invisible audience, and can become persistent.
#2: Complete the Activity in groups of 4
#3: Present your decision to the group