© 2018 by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

Students explore their identities and communities, identify civic issues that matter to them, and consider how they might use digital media for civic participation.

Students work to understand and analyze civic information online, and consider what information they

can trust.

Students navigate diverse perspectives and exchange ideas about civic issues in our inter-connected world .

Students consider how, when and to what end they can create, remix and otherwise re-purpose content that they share with others in online spaces.

Students consider a broad range of tactics and strategies for acting on civic issues. 

VOICE

CONSIDER WHAT, HOW, WHEN, WHY, HOW AND TO WHAT END YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF CIVICALLY ONLINE

QUESTION two:

what do i choose

to share publicly

and what do i

keep to myself?

Activity 2: Youth Radio’s What is Your Digital Footprint?

(30-60 minutes)

 

What is Your Digital Footprint? (link)

 

“This lesson plan introduces students to the concepts of privacy and professionalism online. Students will search for their ‘digital footprint,’ or publicly available information tied to them on the web, on popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Students discuss what it means to be professional and then change their privacy settings on their social networks to reflect their wishes.”

Extension Idea:

Listen to the Youth Radio story on “Protecting your Privacy” from the 10 Questions Action Frame https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/2-how-much-should-i-share. Then ask students to draft a response to Sahar Ghanzi, the managing editor for Global Voices' international online newsroom. Students can write to Sahar about any one of the following:

  • Describe what you agree and/or disagree with regarding the way they handle the privacy of youth who submit contributions to be published on their platform.

  • Describe how you would handle young people’s contributions about sensitive and controversial civic and political topics if you were the managing editor of an online platform.

  • Ask Sahar for advice about how you should handle sharing your perspectives on an issue you care about.