International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2023
Exploring Digital Footprint Awareness among IT Students: Basis for an Action Plan
Author(s): Cris Norman P Olipas
This study aimed to investigate digital footprint awareness among IT students and provide a basis for an action plan. The study used a descriptive research design that involved 307 college students from a public higher education institution in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Using a survey instrument, data was gathered and analyzed. The results found that male respondents outnumbered female respondents by 33.6%, and first-year students were the most responsive group. The majority of respondents spent 5–6 hours daily on the internet, accessing social networking sites via smartphones.
IT students were found to be fully aware of their digital footprint, including the implications for personal information and online transactions. They were also knowledgeable about the digital footprint they left behind on various online platforms. Overall, the respondents demonstrated a high level of awareness of their digital footprint. These findings suggest the importance of designing and implementing educational programs to enhance students' understanding of their digital footprint, with a focus on personal privacy and security. Such programs should be interactive, engaging, and continuously evaluated to remain effective in light of evolving technologies and online activities.
Keywords: Action Plan, Assessment, Descriptive Research, Digital Footprint Awareness, Information Technology
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