Unit 3 – Question 1.

Whenever we navigate through websites, we might be leaving traces on the internet, which is also called as ‘digital footprint’. Some of the traces can be tracked down easily in a database and some can potentially seen by other people. Therefore, we should be aware of the trail that we are leaving behind and what will the possible effects be if the data is shared.

 When we browse through websites, retailers and product review site often track our movement from site-to-site by leaving cookies.
By accepting the cookies, this allows targeted advertisements to show you the products that you have been reading about or looking at online recently. Such cookies can be a vulnerability to our privacy especially when criminals have access to our private info. Hence, we should educate young children to have a sense of awareness before allowing cookies to track their browsing histories.
With new technologies propelling, more features on social media platforms are added that require us to expand our understandings of privacy. Another example of us leaving digital footprint is through the Snap Map. It is a newly added feature in Snapchat that allows users to view snaps, stories, friends and places on the map. Many youngsters choose their location to be shown to their entire friend list for fun and conveniences. Some of them also posted stories in the feature where it is open to strangers across the globe! While Snap Map locations may seem like a simple way to show friends your whereabouts at first, there are many potential risks of exposing your location online. To be specific, not ‘every’ friend on Snapchat is someone you can trust. Strangers could abuse this feature to pose as a friend and stalk teenagers online and in worst case, carry out illegal acts to harm teens. Hereby, it is crucial for adults to acknowledge the danger of leaving traces of information online and spread this awareness to young people to ensure that they limit location sharing in social media sites.

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