Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Your digital footprint

As soon as you go online you start creating a trail of information about you. This is your digital footprint.

Your digital footprint — especially what you say and do on social media — shapes what people think of you, now and in the future. Your kids might even look at it one day.

And your digital footprint does not just affect you — it can affect what people think about your community too.

So no matter what you do online it is important you know what kind of trail you are leaving, and what the possible effects might be.

Digital Footprint

This prezi talks about digital footprint: what it is, consequences for community, strategies on how to deal with it and where to go to for help within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.

A bad digital footprint can

  • damage friendships
  • break relationships
  • hurt job chances
  • bring shame to your community
  • lead to fights between families and community

Check out what happens when Ryan posts a video of him and his mates clowning around doing dumb stuff. They were just having a good time, but it comes back to haunt him because his boss sees it.

Dumb Stuff

Ryan and his mates are clowning around filming themselves doing dumb stuff —they're just having a good time!

So how do I make a strong digital footprint?

You are in control of what you do online. Bring pride to what you say and do online by being positive and respectful. It will help leave a stronger digital footprint. Remember, online business is everyone's business. 

Worried about your digital footprint?

If you are under 25 you can have a web chat with Kids Helpline or make a free call to them on1800 55 1800.

You could also check out our page for young people about protecting your digital reputation.

Resources for teachers and communities

This page is part of the Be Deadly Online educational resource.

For lesson plans, community presentations and other information go to Be Deadly Online: about this resource.