digital Footprint

Q4 Getting Social

5. Digital Footprint





You created your first web presence using the professional guidelines in your last Quest. In this Quest, you will investigate how social media can impact your digital footprint. There are many popular ways to boost your digital footprint using social media and other means. You will explore how to be socially responsible and empathetic in social media, your classroom, and your community.

I Can Statement

  • demonstrate empathy and social responsibility online, in my classroom, and in my community
  • demonstrate social responsibility and empathy in my digital footprint

Chat: To chat is to take part in an online discussion in a chat room.

Choice Board: A graphic organizer or table that allows students to choose different ways about a particular concept.

Culture: The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.

Cyberbullying: The verbal bullying of someone (as a classmate) through the use of often anonymous electronic communication (as online posts or text messages).

Discussion Board: A discussion board is a place online that is used for public discussion of a specific topic and on which users can submit or read messages.

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

Forum:  A medium (such as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas.

Meme: An amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online, especially through social media.

Social Media: The form of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) where users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.

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.

  • Philanthropy is providing goodwill to fellow members of the human race, especially active effort to promote human welfare
  • Environmental acting  in the best interests of their environment and society as a whole.
  • Economical is engaging in charitable giving
  • Political is a responsibility to step in and provide leadership on important social issues.

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

There are two Alternatives for this Quest. Check with your teacher before starting.

    A. Proceed with the Standard Quest Steps below in Part A. OR

    B. Open the Part B. Quest 4 Digital Breakout Activity Challenge content box below this section. It includes the same content in a more game-based format.

Part A. Standard Quest Steps

Before starting the steps below, please copy or download the
Empathy and Social Responsibility Student Worksheet.

1. Watch this YouTube video on The Importance of Empathy.   


2. Look over the Key Vocabulary words dealing with social responsibility. What is social responsibility? Refer to this article on social responsibility and digital citizenship to support your ideas.

3. It is important when online that you demonstrate empathy and social responsibility. Discuss with your classmates: How can you demonstrate social responsibility and empathy in your digital footprint?

4. Throughout your social media life, you will post and respond to various situations. How you respond and post is important when building your positive digital footprint. Here are some tips when posting online. Watch this YouTube Video Teen Voices: Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint.


5. Refer to this article on tips on how to Tweet. If you don't use it, look for some good tips for other other social media you might be using.

6. Apply the THINK acronym before you post, message, or respond to others:

T - Is it TRUE?
H - Is it HURTFUL?
 I -  Is it ILLEGAL?
K -  Is it KIND?

Now that you have an understanding of empathy and social responsibility as well as ways to post online, complete the next two activities about responding to Social Media.

7. Tweet It Choices. Use your Empathy and Social Responsibility Student Worksheet and complete the Choices through a discussion with others, or choose two to write about in the boxes provided.

8. What Would You Do? Use your Empathy and Social Responsibility Student Worksheet and choose two from this set of choices and jot down your initial ideas in the boxes provide, then participate in a discussion (classmate, discussion board, or class) and write out your answer.

This Digital Breakout Challenge Activity is an alternative to the Standard Quest in Part A.


1. If you do not know what a 21t4s Digital Breakout Activity is, open the content box on the right above the Printer icon, "What is a Breakout?", read and watch the video with hints.

2. Check with your teacher about working with a partner or small group to solve this 5.Q4 Digital Breakout Challenge.

3. Open and copy or download this helpful Digital Breakout Student Worksheet  (Google Doc or PDF). If you are working with a partner or group only one person needs to do this.

4. Use this link, or select the image below to get started. Link: Getting Social

If you need help, check with your teacher about working with others, or hints for getting started. Good luck!

Screenshot of Getting Social web page


  • Start with the text message and how to show empathy for others
  • Move your mouse (or cursor) around the screen to see where any links to other pages, documents, or forms are located. Some of these will take you to interactive activities to solve to earn a key or passcode to a lock.

Once you unlock it, you might want to take a screenshot of the Award for your portfolio, or check with your teacher.

Please be sure to tell us what you think of this Breakout Activity so that we can meet your needs. Teacher and Students please use this link for a very short survey about this breakout. 

What apps do you really need and how do they impact your digital footprint? The following video was created by a high school theater class.


  •  How does social media connect to your own digital footprint?
  • Refer back to your digital footprint and create an artifact that explains how you demonstrate social responsibility and empathy.
  • Use examples from school, classroom, and/or your community.
  • Check with your teacher on the assignment requirements.

Some artifact options:

  • Written reflection
  • Audio or video recorded reflection
  • Infographic
  • Another creative choice

Completing this Quest

You have completed this Quest when you have unlocked the breakout activity with evidence of the Award, and reflected on social responsibility and empathy.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap

  I have completed this assignment. 
I am ready for Quest 5, Balancing My Media

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
b Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

2. Digital Citizen
b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

3. Knowledge Constructor
c Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

6. Creative Communicator
c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
d Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.


Videos from Outside Sources

21t4s Videos

21t4s Documents & Quizzes

21t4s Breakout Challenge Activity​​​​​​​

A Digital Breakout may also be called a Digital Escape Room.

This is a web-based, game-like activity where students use clues to unlock a series of puzzles or activities to solve a challenge (or to escape a digital room).

Students frequently work together, (conference, or chat) as they work to locate and solve clues.

For additional help view this short video (3:44) showing how to use clues and hints to solve the Escape From Tech Basics located on the Thing 1.Basics Quest 8 page.