How large is YOUR digital footprint?

I came across a video last semester about the impact of a person’s “digital/ online footprint” and how it can affect the way you are perceived by other (including potential employers). Since seeing that video, I’ve started teaching part-time at my local TAFE (Technical & Further Education) campus. One of my classes is a group of Year 11 students who I am teaching “workplace communication” to, along with another teacher. We were discussing email etiquette today in class, and I briefly mentioned the idea of your “digital footprint”. I suspect that our students have very little understanding of the implications of their online activity. The discussion started me thinking, and I decided I would look up the video again to be prepared to use it with these students. As it happened, I found several other videos about the impact of digital footprints. I’ll have to mark them in the del.ici.ous page I want to set up soon (when I get around to it).

I was explaining to my husband why I was watching YoutTube videos while he was trying to concentrate on a document he had to write (“Honestly honey, it’s for work!”) On a whim, I wondered how large my digital footprint has become.

I got a shock.

The last time I “googled” myself was probably over a year ago. Then I think I appeared 2 or 3 times, all of which I think were associated with the website for the school I had been teaching at in Townsville.

Tonight I found nearly 30 hits, including links to my LinkedIn page (which I haven’t even looked at for a couple of years),  Facebook, some book reviews I’ve written for a publisher, some links in the blogs of some of my writer friends, my personal blog, THIS blog, my name on a couple of petitions and finally my current job at TAFE.

That’s a ten fold increase in about a 12 month period. Luckily, I’m pretty careful about what I write online.

So how large is your digital footprint? You might be surprised. Or shocked.


About robynstlreflections

I never expected to become a teacher. After graduating from Sydney Univeristy with a BA (Hons), I worked for a couple of years before "going bush". When I started working as a governess I discovered that I enjoyed teaching, so studied for a Grad Dip Ed. After teaching in public schools in the Northern Territory for two years then in Queensland for 10 more, I moved back to NSW with my family in 2009. Now it's time for a change in direction. I've always enjoyed introducing my students discover the joys of literature and I'm excited by the educational possibilities developing in the digital world. So in 2010 I've begun studying by Distance Education for a Masters in Education in Teacher Librarianship with Charles Sturt University.
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