Smart Footprint

Smart learners are creating a positive digital footprint

  • Think about how you advertise yourself online

  • Remember it will be there forever

  • Share content that you and your whānau will be proud of

  • Understand the difference between private and public information

Being cybersmart empowers our young people to become confident decision makers when they share and interact online and helps create a positive digital footprint.

Whenever and wherever we share online it's personal, visible and amplified. It is personal because we are sharing information about ourselves. Creating a positive digital footprint means learning to make smart decisions about what personal information we share and what personal information we keep private. If we are not sure we check with a trusted adult or keep it private.

Smart Footprint and Blogging

Blogging enables our young people to connect with an authentic audience and provides a rich and engaging platform to learn to create a positive digital footprint. Making connections and sharing via the class blog, individual blogs and blogs across our clusters enables learners to begin engaging with creating a Smart Footprint whether they are blogging individually or currently sharing via their class blog.

These recommendations and resources are intended to support teachers to identify and design cybersmart learning that:

  • engages their learners with the Cybersmart Learning for Smart Footprint.

  • identifies opportunities to connect with authentic examples that help our young people understand that every time they connect, collaborate and share online it combines to create their digital footprint.

  • enables their learners to connect with our Cybersmart curriculum within existing programmes of learning.

Google has partnered with the educators at Pear Deck to create custom, interactive presentations and vocabulary flashcards to accompany the Be Internet Awesome curriculum.

We recommend previewing lessons and considering how best to use with your learners. Because lessons are created using Google Slides they can be copied and repurposed in response to your learners. Copies can also be used independently of the Pear Deck app.