020/2011 footprints

020/2011 footprints, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A nightly footprint in the snow – the newspaper delivery person. Clearly somebody who has nothing to hide, and is not worried about leaving an identifiable mark behind. Yet, it’s not a consciously created mark, but purely accidental. The person would probably be surprised to know about my picture of it!

How aware are our students about their digital footprints? Will they fall prey to stalkers, or lose a job opportunity in the future, because of carelessly uploaded online material? Some schools warn and present scary examples, block and protect. All with good intentions, I’m sure. I would rather see students start consciously working on a positive online image at school, with the guidance of teachers. But do we know how to guide them?


4 Responses to “020/2011 footprints”

  1. January 21, 2011 at 21:38

    good questions 🙂

    I thought you were going to write about the carbon footprint

  2. 2 sinikka
    January 21, 2011 at 22:42

    The digital kind has been on my mind all this week. There was a good article in Turun Sanomat on Monday, and I have also been talking about it in one of my English classes. The students are frighteningly naive about it all!

  3. 3 Susan van Gelder
    January 24, 2011 at 23:49

    And many adults are frighteningly naive too. And those footprints last a long time.

  4. January 25, 2011 at 19:59

    That is true, Susan! The easy of publishing these days makes some people too careless.

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