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How to Teach Children to leave a Positive Digital Footprint

On her blog Primary Tech Kathleen Morris shared some interesting ideas about teaching children how to benefit from a positive digital footprint. As written in wikipedia a digital footprint is “is a trail left by interactions in a digital environment; including the use of TV, mobile phone, the internet and other devices and sensors.” Social workers may run into the same questions as teachers. So these thoughts could be beneficial for social work too:

So what do students need to know about digital footprints?

  • the internet is a public space with a large audience
  • digital footprints can be searched or shared
  • once online, things can be there forever
  • you should always think before you post online
  • you should keep certain personal details private
  • individuals can take control of their digital footprints
  • digital footprints can be helpful or harmful to reputations

Read her full post via Teaching Children About Digital Footprints | Primary Tech.

Do you know how to work with your clients so that they leave a positive digital footprint? Check out Kathleen Morris’ blog as she offers some helpful resources on teaching about digital footprints too.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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