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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 to 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 are 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.

Can kids express themselves online without judgement or pressure to fit in? Click on the guide below for more information:

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Emma Robertson of Digital Awareness UK shares advice on how to help your child manage their digital footprint.
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Hi, I'm Emma, an online safety campaigner and you're watching the Live My Digital video series. Today's topic is the digital footprint.

This video gives you an introduction to the digital footprint, how your child could use their footprint to their advantage as well as offering tips and advice to your children on how they can protect and clean it up.

When we are talking about the digital footprint, we are really talking about the trail of digital information that we leave behind us when we do anything online, when we share things, search for things, join groups, or buy things.

Things that we are doing online are being tracked and monitored by all sorts of people from advertisers to future employers to insurance companies. It's hard to images that our children are having the get their heads around the fact that the things that they are doing online today, the silly picture they post or any politically incorrect language that they could use might have repercussions for them years down the line.

The fact is research shows that 48 % of employers will use search engines to research people before considering them for a position. And should they decide to apply for university one day many university will also research their digital footprint as part of the application process. Having a digital footprint can be a fantastic tool for your child if they want to use it to showcase their hobbies, interest and experiences. We are seeing this alot in the employment sector where young people are using social mdedia to develop something attention grabbing to stand out from a crowd.

6 second CVs on Vine `{`now no longer available`}` portfolios beautifully displayed on pinterest. Creative CVs developed by Snapchat stories or people showcasing their hobbies and interest through their blogs and YouTube channels.

I spoke to a group of students to get their thoughts on their digital footprint.

`{`Are young people aware of their digital footprints?`}`

`{`Young girl speaking`}` We're told all the time about digital footprints but it doesn't really sink in. When your posting a photo you don't think about what your employer is going to think about it in 10 years

`{`Another girl talking`}` If you search for somebody else's name, once we searched my friend's name and their was a picture of me on there, just me not with her because she liked my picture or something.

`{`Do you think about the implications your digital footprint could have on university application or employment?`}`

`{`another girl talking`}` I think later on there definitely comes to regret it special when people post quite revealing photos and you think like 'oh would you really be happy with a future employer seeing that'

`{`another girl speaking`}` Your past could be something that you are really proud of you may have done something that you want people in the future to know about.

`{`Presenter Emma`}` SO how can you help your children to be mindful of their digital footprints?

Firstly work with them to ensure that their security settings are set standard that you are both happy with. On social media networks for example, in the security settings you usually have the option to make your post, snaps, videos, private or public. Ask `{`your child`}` to go through their online profiles and if they stumble across content that they are not happy with they should be able to delete it. Nothing can truly be deleted online but at least you can make it less visible.

Tagging is a way of identifying someone in a picture, a video or a comment on social media. If Someone else has tagged your child in a piece of content they don't want to be associated with they usually have the option to untag.

And if someone has posted content of your child that you both want removed, you can also report to the social networks themselves and request that they step in to delete that content on your behalf.

Sometimes you might need to contact the person who shared that content directly and ask them to delete it. It's also worth reminding your child to delete or deactivate any unwanted accounts that they just don't use anymore. Just because they don't use it doesn't mean that the content will dissappear.

And encourage your child to get into the habit of searching for themselves regularly. Using popular search engines like Google just to see what other people could find out about them.

If you want to have a conversation about your child about their digital footprint why not encourage them to watch the digital footprint created especially for them so you can discuss the topics we've covered off in both videos together.

And why not ask the 'How often do you Google yourself?'

I hope you found this advise useful. Remember how amazing technology is, we all have the righ to enjoy using it safely and responsibly.

We've got loads of other similar videos that you can click on to find out more about how to be safe online.

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