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The Digital Student

Digital Footprint

Digital Footprint


It is important to consider your "digital footprint". 

Your digital footprint is about the traces you leave online. It includes everything on the internet that is about you, for example:

  • profiles on social networking sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn
  • photographs that you or others have posted online
  • anything that has been written about you, e.g. on discussion boards or blogs. (OU, 2020).

Future employers can now fully research you and your past by simply reviewing your online presence. 

Staying safe on social media

Social media and your digital footprint

The following short video gives our guide to using social media safely to protect your digital footprint. 

OU Digital footprint

Here is a short activity from the Open university that covers how to identify and develop your digital footprint.

Developing a good digital footprint activity

Developing a good digital footprint PDF

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