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Importance of a good online reputation

As schools and employers turn to the internet to find out more about potential candidates, it’s clear that what we post online can have a real impact on our lives offline. So, helping children understand the long-lasting effects of what they share and empowering them to take control of how their online reputation is created is key.

Take a look at our hub of advice to see how you can encourage your child to maintain a positive digital footprint that will serve them for years to come.

Helping young people manage their online identity

There are pressures teens face online at a critical time when they’re exploring and developing their identity. Despite being able to talk to more people than ever before, online judgement and pressure to fit in with a vast number of people can limit young people’s ability to be themselves online. As such, this can have a real impact on their mental health and overall safety online.

Can kids express themselves online without judgement or pressure to fit in? Watch the video for more advice.

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Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos shares insight on what online identity is and what it means for young people
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online identity is the way we choose to

portray ourselves online now it should

be a simple thing however the way we are

offline isn't always the way we are

online online identity allows us to

showcase edited versions of our lives

highlighting features that we feel

others value so when posting about an

amazing holiday for example our post

reflects not only what's important to us

but also what we believe others expect

from us now having an online identity

can be liberating as it encourages

self-expression allows us to connect

with other people however it can create

a lot of pressure

kids can hide aspects of who they are or

try to live up to certain expectations

in order to feel more accepted and this

can be detrimental to their own sense of

self-worth and can impact things like

body image and self-esteem parents

should allow their children to express

themselves online however it's important

we offer support to help them navigate

this there are a few ways you can do

this firstly start a positive

conversation around online identity have

regular check-ins and discuss what your

child's online identity means to them

and how they feel it reflects who they

really are

secondly it's important to speak about

how and who they share their lives with

online making sure to touch on what they

should and shouldn't share by discussing

issues around safety and privacy thirdly

help them think critically about how

online and offline influences can impact

how they see themselves and the world

around them get them to think about the

intentions behind what people are

sharing online your child's online

identity is a self-expression of who

they are and often it evolves and

changes over time with your support they

can do this in ways that will benefit

their well-being as they grow and as

they develop you


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