A digital footprint is a person's trail, both positive and negative, that he or she leaves behind them on the internet. These trails can come from e-mails, websites, blogs, Facebook and other social media sites, picture sites, message boards or anywhere else on the internet. Students need to be aware that all information they place on the internet will be there FOREVER, even if they think they have deleted it.
Many colleges, universities and even employers are searching the internet to sift through applicants. This means that when your child applies for their first job or applies to college or university in 5 years, their digital footprint may play a role in whether or not they are hired or accepted into a program. On the positive side, students can learn to add positive "steps" to their digital footprint, along with protecting it (see post on the importance of digital portfolios for more information).