Our online activities can have positive and negative impacts on our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
In this section you will find useful tools to help you explore and manage the impact of digital technologies on your personal wellbeing.
Your digital footprint is the trail of data created while you use the internet. Every time you use the internet you add to your digital footprint through your activities, web searches, emails, social media posts and online purchases. Your digital footprint contributes to your digital identity based on the permanent record of your online activities.
Types of digital footprints:
Your digital footprint reflects your interests, skills and personality so it is important to cultivate a positive digital footprint. A negative digital footprint can damage your reputation, hurt job prospects and harm your personal relationships.
Tips for managing your digital footprint
Misinformation refers to deliberately false or misleading information and is designed to influence opinion, push a specific agenda, or cause confusion.
The term 'fake news' describes deliberately false information in traditional news articles and social media. Fake news stories contain inaccurate information and often fail to present ideas in context. Fake news is becoming increasingly associated with politics and can be incorrectly used to discredit truthful information.
Creating deliberate misinformation is not a new phenomenon, but in the age of the internet and social media, it has become easier to share information and harder to determine the accuracy and origin of news articles. You should think before you share online information. If you doubt the accuracy of the information do not share it.
It is important to evaluate information you read online. Things to consider when evaluating online information: