Digital footprint? Try digital tattoo, experts say

A digital tattoo, much like a body tattoo, has permanence, and online information is never truly gone

In digital citizenship education, the idea of a digital footprint—the “tracks” students leave behind online as they interact on social media and put information online—is nothing new.

But lately, the digital footprint is being replaced by the digital tattoo, to emphasize to students the idea that any information they put online is permanent, just like a tattoo. Even if they think they’ve deleted it, it could have been saved or screen-shotted by others, or saved by the app or platform they use to post it.

Check out this digital citizenship infographic, and other digital citizenship information, from ISTE. These resources from last year’s Digital Citizenship Week may help, too.

In Florida’s Gilchrist County School District, introduction to computers and proper use begins in prekindergarten classes. The district is 1:1 from 3rd grade, using laptop carts in grades 3-8 and assigning students take-home laptops beginning in 9th grade, says director of technology Aaron Wiley.

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