Digital footprint, digital shadow, online reputation, digital tattoo — whatever you call it, it’s a term that’s too important to ignore yet often isn’t discussed in homes or classrooms.
When you write the digital story of your life, the pen is not always in our hand.
In just a weeks’ time, you are going to toss your backpacks and schoolbooks aside for a well-earned break. This also means that you will be looking for things to do! Some of those things will inevitably involve tech.
Every online step you take can leave a digital trail. It’s called your digital footprint and it’s made up of all the information about you on the internet. This includes the trail that you knowingly leave, such as comments and images, and the information that you may unknowingly leave, such as your logons and your browsing history. We all have the power to decide what the picture of us will look like, so paint a positive picture of yourself.
1. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
Think about content and the consequences of posting it. Are you aware that something that happens on the spur of the moment – a funny picture, an angry post – can still be online years later?
2. KEEP IT NICE
Don’t make comments, post images or forward something that might upset someone else.
3. PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
Strengthen privacy settings, use strong passwords, change passwords regularly and do not share them.
4. LOOK INTO YOURSELF
Type your name into a search engine looking for images as well as text. If you’re not happy with anything you find, remove the content yourself if possible, or politely ask the person who posted it to delete it.
5. MAKE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE A POSITIVE ONE
Showcase the positive things you do through blogs, images, video, and community participation.
For more information https://www.esafety.gov.au/young-people/your-digital-reputation