Your digital reputation follows you…

Two stories in this video…two different reputations…two different outcomes…

As an internet user, your children will develop a digital reputation. A digital reputation is the opinion that others will have of them as they access sites that they are members of or of sites their friends are connected to. Digital reputations are built over time and are based on a person’s ‘digital footprint’.

“This footprint is a collection of the traces left by someone’s activity in a digital environment—an accumulation of personal information, content shared or other data which can be accessed by other internet users.”

If your child’s footprint contains things they might later regret sharing—risky photos or open blog posts—it can have quite serious ramifications for their digital reputation. Their digital reputation is how people, including family, friends, universities, clubs, and future employers, might see them and make judgements about who they really are.

Online profiles can be viewed by anyone, including credit companies, real estate letting agents, employers, potential partners etc. Your children need to be comfortable with what their material says about them to others – now and in the future.

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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