digital Footprint

Q1 Managing Your Footprint

5. Digital Footprint


This Quest is all about your digital footprint and the amount of media usage you achieve daily. In the process, you will also compare your media usage with classmates.

I Can Statements

  • manage my digital footprint
  • graph my media usage
  • understand the importance of empathy and social responsibility

Key Vocabulary

Digital footprint: On the Internet, a digital footprint is a word used to describe the trail, traces, or footprints that people leave online. So that means anytime you do or write something online, there will remain a trace even if you delete it. 

Empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Media Usage: Media usage is the sum of information and entertainment on the Internet taken in by an individual or group.

Social Responsibility: Social responsibility means that individuals and companies have a duty to act in the best interests of their environment and society as a whole.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


Part 1: What is your footprint?

1. Visit this introduction to a Digital Footprint YouTube (3:21 mins) and learn about the impact of your Digital Footprint.

2. This is a video about your Digital Footprint & Privacy YouTube (2:39 mins) Direct Link.


3. Now that you have learned about a Digital Footprint, and some of the cautions, use this link to participate in a Digital Footprint Survey, which will open in a new window. Complete it and then close the tab or window and return here. You may view the Results from the Digital Footprint Survey from others. 

4. Class or Group Activity: Now that you have looked at the results from all of the students using the 21t4s, identify two or more things that students are doing that are good practices. What are two or more things students are doing that are risky?

Looking At Your Own Footprint

5. Download or copy and use one of these footprint documents (foot PDF Document, or Google Slides footprint slide to copy and use ). (OPTION: if you don’t want to print the foot or your printer isn't working, you may grab a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper, trace around your foot with a pencil and write about your digital footprint in the hand-drawn foot).

6. Make a list of sites you visit virtually and on the internet. These might include social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.), gaming sites, shopping sites, and learning sites.

7. Organize your list into categories and write them onto the footprint, for example, all social networking sites together, all gaming sites together, etc.

8. Save your footprint in your File Space and share it with your instructor.

9. Be a thoughtful learner and consider how you would answer: (Your teacher may host a discussion about some of these with the class.)

  • What are three ways you can present a positive presence in social media?
  • What are two things you can you do to show you are a caring and kind person in a safe way on social media?

Part Two: Collecting Your Data

  1. Homework: Think about all of the different digital devices you use daily. Your next task is to log your own daily use of all digital media over four days which includes at least one weekend day. 
  2. Some examples include: phone usage, gaming (DS, Playstation, X-Box) playing, surfing the internet, texting and so on.     
  3. Log your time spent into the Daily Media Use Log

Part Three Report- Special Note: (Check with your teacher about presenting your report)

  1. Add up your total media use in categories (e.g., Internet, gaming, cell phone, etc). Hold on to this information as you will need it for your work with a small group.
  2. Once your media use is totaled, your teacher will place you in collaborative groups to compile your media data for a group total. It is suggested that your group visit this Create a Graph site to graph your data. You might want to graph your individual usage first. See the following example:

      My Own Log Data

3. Your teacher will assign you to a group. You may find it helpful to take different groupwork roles. Each member could choose a role from the following options:

4. Graph your combined group results. Which type of graph best represents your data? (Examples provided below)

Group graph   Pie graph (2) 

5. Download your graph to insert in a Word document or a presentation program to show the class.

  1. Address the following when your group presents your report to the class:   
  2. Explain why you selected the type of graph you used.
  3. How is the digital footprint represented within your group?
  4. How does the digital footprint of your group compare to your own individual usage?

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest, make sure to have a meeting with your teacher about your digital footprint. It is extremely important that your files are saved in your File Space so that your teacher can see your Quest is completed.  

  Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

I am ready to tackle Quest 2

MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using using technology
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security

7. Global Collaborator
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal