Essential questions: What issues – both positive and negative – are associated with digital footprints and living public lives on the Internet? How does the private sector view the importance of digital citizenship? What is the relationship between digital footprints and Big Data?
Thinking about digital footprints has made me realize how much data really is being collected. I always knew that I was being tracked online but I didn't think about how everything I do was being tracked. It just wasn't something I considered. I always took the opinion of “what do I care if someone who I don’t know knows stuff about me, I have nothing to hide?”
Watching the Do Not Track Me Documentary, really opened my eyes to how much information can be gathered online. Even though I don't post much on Facebook, a lot of the ways they described me were true. It was a little scary to think about how they got this information and were able to somewhat accurately describe me.
Josie got me to thinking about how even rewards cards, that are free, track our purchases. They know what you buy and some places even send you coupons for the things you buy. This is nice in one sense, but then to think about how much they know about you is a little on the creepy side.
I liked how on my comment Jason brought up the point of calling when he said that "if I have something delicate to say, I call someone on the phone." For me this really makes me consider my personality and those like me. I am a very quiet/shy person and would not communicate as much with others if it weren't for the internet. So it led me to also realize how much of a positive influence the internet has on my life, and there are probably many others like me. The internet gives one more way for students to communicate, and some who might not have communicated before are now given a voice. Now, I know this could be a bad thing for some, but for those like me it has opened so many doors. So I have to be okay with the tracking in a sense because otherwise I would still be in my shell.
All of this also gives rise to the fact that we cannot control what others post about us. We could be in a picture not doing anything bad, but people could misinterpret the picture. We can also write something that someone may take the wrong way. All of these become more permanent than what we hear. Unless we are recorded it is all a "he said, she said." With written documentation it is black and white, even if it is taken out of context.
After this week it just reminds me to be mindful of the situations I am in, and my online habits. In turn I must try and get this point across to my students as well. I think it is hard, as a kid, to understand this concept of tracking and being careful what you post. I know that as I went through college, I did not think about what I was posting. Luckily, I was not one to post much, but there are still a few things I wish I weren't tagged in or a comment I shouldn't have posted. And what is even harder to understand is that once you delete something it is never gone from your digital footprint. I'm glad that I did not join in on social media until being a freshman in college. It definitely gave me time to grow up a little more before my life became public knowledge.