Who will your Children be in the Future?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the future of our children’s “digital reputation” by Google Chief Executive, Eric Schmidt. He has argued that our children may be forced to change their identity and their name in order to avoid being associated with the digital footprint that they left as a teenager.   

The CEO predicts, that every young person may also one day, be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” Schmidt said.

He is speaking about the photos our teenagers put on Facebook, that they think are ‘funny’ – antics at parties, and comments they make which could indicate their political, social or ethical views. Your photos put up without the permission of the photographee. In a world where people are fired or simply not hired every day over Facebook status updates, it’s hard to argue the point. Our teens need to understand that sometimes once something is up there, it’s up there and they lose control of it.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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