You are a citizen of cyberspace, leaving footprints throughout the web. Those footprints create a very public, searchable identity–and it’s there even if you don’t believe you are really online that much. If you are reading this on a computer, a tablet or a phone (via any means other than a paper printout), you have a traceable online presence.
Are you a good digital citizen? This week is set aside for people to consider that question and for educators to make sure they are imparting crucial lessons about digital citizenship to their students. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) identifies nine elements of digital citizenship. Throughout this week, we’ll post information about the various aspects of digital citizenship and a brief suggestion of what you can do to be a more aware, active digital citizen.
TODAY’S SUGGESTION: Google yourself. Try different variations of your name, including initials or adding nicknames. You may be surprised by what you find. If there are results that you don’t want to appear, there’s a chance you can get it removed. Google support offers some hints about how to proceed, and the Observer offers some hints for how to make your search most effective.
**The poster used in this article is by Sylvia Duckworth, a Google Certified Innovator who champions sketchnotes such as these as learning tools. The poster can be found on her Flickr account.