Week 3 - 4th Grade:
Have you ever been on the beach?
What happens when you walk in the sand and look back?
You leave a footprint impression in the sand.
The impression shows others where you came from.
...and then, slowly, they are erased by the waves.
Some people believe the same is true for anything you do on the internet.
They are WRONG.
Your footprint in the sand is erased by waves,
but your "digital footprint" is not erased.
It is more like leaving a footprint in wet cement and leaving it to dry.
Every website, game, blog, email, download, or text message leaves a digital footprint.
Click on the picture below and watch the video to learn how to leave a digital footprint you can be proud of.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the short video clip on Digital Footprints.
Your digital footprint consists of three C's:
CONTACT, CONTENT, & CONDUCT
Digital Contact is when you share information with someone else on the Internet.
To be safe, you MUST know what kind of information needs to stay private.
Digital Content refers to anything stored on the internet.
Google announced we are almost at a billion websites.
That is a lot of information.
So, what does content have to do with being a good digital citizen?
There are two things you must realize about web content.
First, it is NOT all GOOD.
Anyone can post anything to the web. Some things on the internet can be harmful to you or to your computer.
When you come across something on the internet that makes you uncomfortable, immediately leave the computer and tell a trusted adult.
DO NOT go back to your computer until the adult has checked it out.
Second, it is NO all TRUE!
Information found on websites is copyright material. That means someone created that page and owns it.
The copyright law states that the original creator is the only one with the right to use it.
If you want to use the material, you must get permission from the original owner.
There is a doctrine that may allow you to use the material without the owner's permission.
Earn Your Web License: Do you have what it takes to stay SAFE on the web?