Thing 17: Digital Tattoo & Digital Citizenship

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What is your Digital Footprint? What trails are you leaving online? Have you Googled yourself lately? Or checked other search engines like Pipl? What is public about you on Facebook? Things you share online are permanent, just like a tattoo!

What does your Digital Tattoo look like?

This is a huge topic, covering topics like online reputation, privacy, bullying, responsibility, safety, fair-use, sharing, courtesy, citizenship. Our students (and many of us!) are living huge portions of their lives online, and as educators we need to understand this world and help them navigate it.

“Digital citizenship is a messy subject, and schools should be a safe place to explore it.” Sarah Ludwig, Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship


Amazing mind reader reveals his ‘gift’

CEOP safety video


Students Rights, Online Privacy, College and Jobs? What’s your point of view?

Ideas for Classroom Activities



  • What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?
  • What skills do students need? What should be taught at different ages?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What privacy rights do students have? Should employers and colleges be looking at Facebook and Twitter?
  • What are the consequences of over-sharing?
  • How might educators partner with parents to educate the community?


Like many of our other topics, focus on something that interests you, explore it and share your thoughts and ideas in your blog posts. Some ideas include:

  • Read some of the resources above. Share your thoughts.
  • Share student activities that you have already tried, how did it go, what else could you do?
  • Did you find any interesting activities or ideas that you might implement?
  • Share additional resources that you’ve found.


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL for the post.
  • Return to the lesson page on the CanvasLMS site.
  • Use the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button in the CanvasLMS page and paste in your URL.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Canavas LMS system.




4 thoughts on “Thing 17: Digital Tattoo & Digital Citizenship

    ” Be Internet Awesome is a new digital citizenship and safety program to help kids make smart decisions online. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely, the program includes resources for kids, educators and families. ISTE has awarded Be Internet Awesome its Seal of Alignment for Readiness. Educators can find the curriculum on the Be Internet Awesome resource hub, or as part of a new online course for teachers of all grade levels in the Google for Education Training Center.”

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