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.

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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • Comic to print or display

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