Grade 3

Digital Footprint

Digital Citizen
white footprint on green button icon


A digital footprint is a trail of data you create while using the Internet. In includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services. Students will be learning what a digital footprint is, how it is created from activity on the web, and ways to be online and create a positive footprint.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Know and understand what is a digital footprint.
  • Learn what it means to have a digital footprint.
  • Learn how to create a positive digital footprint.


  • Digital footprint: Information posted online by yourself or others about things you are interested in, or do online.
  • Permanent: Permanent is lasting forever, cannot be deleted or erased.
  • Audience: Audience are people that you may or may not know that can see information by and about you, your photos, comments, and posts. 


The teacher will need to:



  1. Use this emaze provided OR
  2. Open a discussion that includes questions such as:
  • How many of you have an ipad/smartphone?
  • How many of you text? message?
  • Do you have an account for Snapchat? Instagram? YouTube? Facebook?

3. Discuss how posting pictures, posts in chatrooms, online in social media leaves a digital footprint.

4. Show this video about digital footprints (Common sense media)

5. Have students brainstorm and call out what a digital footprint is while you write it so they can see it (computer with digital display, whiteboard, poster paper)

6. Ask students to list together what to do to have a "good digital footprint" and show this YouTube video.

Assessment Options

ISTE Standards

Digital Citizen
2a Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

2d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

All internet connected devices: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Any Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Commonsense Video


Emaze Presentation

Flipgrid Tutorial

Tips For A Good Digital Footprint



  • Students can create “Wanted Posters” for good digital footprints.  

Integrated Arts



Social Studies

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, January 2018.