As you are developing your online presence it is important to remember that we each leave digital footprints every time we go online. Words, photographs, music, videos, browser histories, comments, and personal information can be stored, copied, and passed along to others. Once this information is stored it is difficult, if not impossible, to remove. All of this information together creates the world’s impression of who you are online -your digital footprint. In other words, what you do on the internet determines your online reputation. This reputation can be positive and highlight your accomplishments, talents, creativity, and character to schools, family members, friends, and potential employers or it can be negative, embarrassing, or harmful.
How can you make a good impression online?
- Think before you post. Ask yourself if what you are about to post is something you want the world to see or if it is private.
- If you aren’t sure whether or not to post something it’s best to err on the side of caution.
- Take steps to reduce negative information and media about you from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Remove inappropriate photos and asks friends to do the same.
- Increase your positive online presence by sharing things you are proud of such as articles you have written, artwork you have made, and awards you have earned.
Your Digital Footprint video by Common Sense Media