Digital footprint is simply all your data collected online. Whether your children realise it or not, they are contributing to their digital footprint each time they browse the internet. The things that they post, sites they visit, what they like and share online all contributes to their digital footprint.
A negative digital footprint can follow your child until adulthood. It can have implications on their job and college applications. Hence, teaching your child good digital citizenship and social media etiqquete is important.
When I was in school, I remember my teachers saying “this will be on your permanent record”. I always wondered if all my teachers had access to that record. In the digital age, the teachers would be right. There will be a permanent record of my activities on Google and social media and everyone can access it.
Not only can friends and school staff look at the things your children post, but college admissions officers and employers can access it. 70% of employers say that they make a decision about hiring someone based on things they see about the candidates on social media.
1.Think before posting
Think before tweeting or snapping something to avoid any regret. Before posting, consider whether it will embarrass someone else and the consequences of it on other people.
Model this behavior with your children. Let your children know that not every moment of life need to be shared and not every announcement need to be made public.
2. Learn to say sorry on social media
As much as we teach our children to think before posting, mistakes can happen. With the internet on the palm of their hands, they may post something out of anger and regret the decision later on. if this ever happens, we need to teach them how to say sorry. Just like how we would teach them to appologise when they make a mistake in the real world.
If they have said something wrong online let them know to not be defensive, rather try saying this 3 things :
This is an easy way to amend a mistake that have been made online, but this is just the start. If they have said something really hurtful or post things they are not suppose too then tell your children to appologise in person to the offended party. They should then take down the post.
3. Do not be rude online
We would never accept it if children use the F– word. The same rule applies in the online world. This extends to the use of emojis, gifs and negative images. Using insulting connotations can make someone wonder about the person’s character. Insensitive comments, cyberbullying, sexual innuendos, and drunk images will raise a red flag.
College and career admission officers can go through your child’s social media profile when reviewing their application and can make a decision based on what your child post online.
Here are other tips to you keep children safe in the digital age :
Tips for Non-Tech Savy Mums :4 tips to digital parenting for non-tech savy mums
Stop kids from being datafied : Are your children datafied from birth
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