“Don’t Leave Your
    Digital Footprint Exposed”
    Content taken from a TCEA Webinar with the same name, given by Bruce Ellis
     There are also 5 videos on this link, on the right side of the page.   Not all of them are for all ages.
    Google yourself:  
    • google yourself and any alternate names for you that may be out there (ie. Elizbeth = Liz, Beth, etc.)
    • Go at least 3 pages deep
    • Also look at image results
    • Do it twice a year (on your birthday and maybe at Christmas)
    • Sign up for Google Alerts
      • http://www.google.com/alerts
      • Remember to have alerts set up for any of those alternate names that you go by
      • Can also be used to have google search for research/information that you are looking for
    Have old or bad accounts removed or de-activated, if possible
    Adjust Your Privacy:  This site makes it easy to locate the privacy settings page of a variety of social media sites. Be sure to check the privacy settings for those sites that you have an account with...even if you don't use it any more.   http://adjustyourprivacy.com/
    How to Fix Internet Embarrassments and Improve Your Online Reputation
    Look at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.:   
    • Log out (or use a browser that's logged out) and search for yourself by name. Even if you don't use your name as your account ID, it may be easy to find yourself with a quick name search. See if that's the case, and see what's visible.
    • Log back in and view your profile "as public." Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ all make it easy to do this from your profile page. This way you can see what your profile looks like to someone who stumbles on you, even if you're not easily found.
    Grow a positive digital footprint
    • Consider using your middle initial to separate you from others with the same name
    • Have separate personal and professional accounts
    • For designers and people with portfolios:  Flavors.me   http://flavors.me/
    • For students:  Seelio is a new service that gives students a way to showcase their activities, hobbies, internships, volunteer activities and clubs in a fun and interactive way.  http://seelio.com/
    • For business owners and entrepreneurs: Sidengo offers business owners and people who have a lot of information to communicate to their visitors a set of pages.  http://seelio.com/

    • For those of us who don't fall into the other categories, Vizify links to your social accounts and web sites and generates an attractive, multi-page visual profile page complete with your work history, social profiles, education history, and more—all without you lifting a finger. You can tweak any of the pages or add or remove social profiles if you think it knows too much about you, but when you're finished, you'll have a beautiful interactive page.  Some contend that Vizify.com is actually easier and faster to setup than About.me, and unlike the others, stays up to date. You don't have to write your own bio, or as you say "you don't have to life a finger”.   http://www.vizify.com/yahoo
    Lessons on Digital Footprint:

    The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit
    Clever prop to help kids really understand key components of being a digital citizen.
    Grades: K-12

    Trillion-Dollar Footprint
    Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. 
    Students then learn that they can take some control over their digital footprint based on what they post online.
    Grades 6-8

    College Bound
    Students learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online becomes part of a 
    public online presence known as a digital footprint.
    Grades 9-12

    Your Digital Footprint
    This lesson is a website to lead students through learning about their digital footprint. 
    Teachers resources are also provided.
    Grades: 4-12
    This might scare you a little.  Towards the end of the video they give some good tips.
    There is a website mentioned at the end of this video that has a list of ways to protect yourself.  It is from a 2010 broadcast, but that list can be accessed using this link: 

    Delete your cookies, and go into your tools menu and select "private browsing.”

    "You go into that mode and any data that's stored during that,

    when you close that browsing session, will be deleted," Neely said.

    From the above link…Web browser safety settings
    Image from:  A Platform for Good.org