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8th Grade Digital Citizenship Project  

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Digital Citizenship

Welcome to the world of DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP!  For the next few days you will be working on different activities all designed to help you become a good digital citizen. You will be filling out a DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP ANSWER SHEET as you work on these activities. These answer sheets must be turned in to your teacher and will be graded.


Child Exploitation and Online Safety Video


What is a Digital Footprint?

1. Watch this video introduction to digital footprints:

 2. What imagery used in the video conveyed messages about privacy?

 3. Think about the latest piece of information you shared with a friend or family member online. Have you ever thought about  who is able to see what you have posted online? Do you know how many people can view what you've posted online? What about how long that post can last?

4. Calculating Your Digital Footprint: in your Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet, fill in the steps to calculate the number of people you can potentially reach online. 

  • Did the results surprise or shock you? Why?
  • What could be the negative implications of sharing information with so many people?
  • Could there be a positive side to sharing information?




After watching the video,

• Do you think you might be guilty of any type of oversharing? Did any of the information in the video surprise you?

• Why is it sometimes tempting to post bragging status updates? How do you feel when you see other people bragging online?

• The video suggests that you should curate your photos and not post any pictures you wouldn’t want your grandma to see. What kinds of pictures do you think fall into this category?

• Would you ever tell a friend if he or she was oversharing online? Would you want your friends to tell you if you were oversharing?

• What do you consider “TMI”? Is there a difference between TMI offline when you’re talking to your friends and TMI online?

• Do you use privacy settings on all your social media accounts? How do privacy settings help you manage your digital footprint?

• Have you ever been in a situation where someone shared something about you that you didn’t want posted online? How did you handle the situation?




1. Think about the following questions:

  • What does Digital Citizenship mean to you?
  • How do you keep private information private in the "real world"?
  • How can you keep information private in the digital world?

2. Google your own name by typing it in quotes ("Jane Doe"). What if anything did you find?

3. If your digital footprint was the only information someone had about you, what would they think? What assumptions would they make about your habits and behaviors? What does your web presence say about you?


District's Responsible Use Policy

A Responsible Use Policy is frequently part of a district's student handbook. It was part of the iPad Handbook your district expected all students or parents/guardians to sign when you got your iPad.

It is a contract that explains the rules for using digital technologies - such as the new iPads - in the school or educational environment. The Responsible Use Policy can set expectations and consequences for equipment and Internet use behaviors such as cyberbullying. This is one way educators try to help keep students safe in the digital world at school.

What does our Responsiblie Use Policy tell you? Read through page 9 of the Sewanhaka Responsible Use Policy and then be prepared to summarize at least three key points that should be important for all students to remember. You can write your answers on the Digital Citizenship Answer Sheet.



Digital Footprint Definition

How many of you have...

  • sent a message or posted a comment online?
  • created a profile on a website?
  • used some sort of photo-sharing app?
  • Googled your own name?

Everything you do online leaves a trail!

Digital footprint: On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or footprints that people leave online. So that means anytime you do or write something online, there will remain a trace even if you delete it.

Digital imprint: The first time on the internet you leave an imprint (picture or text) which becomes your digital footprint.


Top 10 Things to Do Before You Post


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