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Understanding your digital footprint

PSHE E-safety
Schools must replicate the way society is evolving and adapt teaching methods to empower students to take control of their data footprint, says Andy Barnes

The volume of data surrounding an average secondary school student today is phenomenal. New data is created every day, without them even realising it. What’s more it becomes invisible to them and their classroom teachers.

And while students might care about the latest device, the latest app and being able to keep up with their friends, they rarely understand and consider the risks associated with their data footprint.

And this unwitting data trail that students are leaving behind them when using their personal devices is something they need guidance on – especially if they’re to embrace a future where they have the knowledge to make their own decisions about data and become a confident mobile-enabled user.

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