Many wonder how having a bad digital footprint can affect them in the real world. In fact, a not-so-nice digital footprint can result in many negative occurrences. For one, if a student, removal from a team sport, and even expulsion have occurred. Later on in life, a questionable digital footprint can mean an inability to gain admission into higher education, or even getting a desired job. Any person can be penalized in some way for their negative actions online, no matter where in the world they live. What’s worse, even if an individual removes the offensive material they have posted, this doesn’t mean it’s been erased from the internet altogether, as someone else could have copied it.