Year 6 are currently studying Online Safety in their Computing lessons. This week we talked about a digital footprint. A digital footprint is a permanent trail of your activity online. This could include photographs, internet searches, personal information etc. Sometimes, a digital footprint can put a person at risk, for example if their personal information can be easily acquired or if something they share proved embarrassing in the future. It is not a bad thing to have a digital footprint; however, we need to learn how to protect ourselves online.
In today’s lesson, the children imagined that they were working for a college who was offering a Sports Scholarship. They had to look at the digital footprint of each applicant and assess whether or not they would be a good candidate. We agreed that the college would want an honest person who was going to work hard on the scholarship. The activity showed how what we share online may not always present the image of ourselves that we would wish for.
This lesson encouraged to think carefully about sharing information online and to make sure that we always use very strong passwords and keep them secret. We also discussed the need to be considerate of others when posting online as well as the importance of logging out of websites and never leaving our computers unlocked.
Article 4 The government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected. They must help your family to protect your rights and create an environment where you can grow and reach your potential.
Article 8 You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.
Article 16 You have the right to privacy.
Article 19 You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
Article 28 You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Article 31 You have the right to play and rest.