Keeping A Clean Digital Footprint

Subject: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Digital Citizenship

Grade Level: 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will describe actions that they can take to keep a clean digital footprint online.

Know Before You Start: This lesson provides a good springboard to discuss safe online choices and behaviors.

Hook:

  • Define and discuss the term Digital Footprint which is the information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity.
  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • Have you ever received an email like this?
    • Why do people send emails like this?
    • What should the character in the comic have done to ensure a clean digital footprint? 
  • Brainstorm other ways to keep a clean digital footprint online.

Activity: Have students create a three-to-four-panel comic describing three ways to keep a clean digital footprint online.

Closure: Have students share one way to keep a clean digital footprint from their comic.

Differentiation:

  • Utilize Think-Pair-Share strategy during whole group instruction.
  • Display examples of how to keep a clean digital footprints and allow students to choose from three to use in their comic.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.