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How to help your teenager create a positive digital brand (footprint) that helps them and doesn’t hurt them.

Helping your teenager create a digital brand (footprint) that helps them and doesn't hurt them.

Key Learning:

  1. Periodically, Google your child’s name and see what comes up (example: “firstname lastname” mason)
  2. Everything posted should be considered permanent.
  3. Help students connect to their “inner voice” – the one that helps them make good choices
  4. Help your child create a positive public presence on LinkedIn and Facebook while they are in high school
  5. It isn’t that kids don’t know right from wrong, some kids report, they feel their actions are insignificant to others
  6. Review your child’s public social media together and clean up anything that’s public and inconsistent with their desired presence

“Teenagers make bad decisions sometimes”

“Anything you post online, you’re stuck with.”

“Oversharing is putting too much of your personal life out there for others to see.”

“Once you put something online, it can be there forever because people might take screenshots or take videos and save it for later.”

“I don’t think people don’t realize things might be there forever, they just don’t care. A lot of people have this mentality of, what’ I’m doing is very insignificant. Why is anyone going to care about this?”

What is a Digital Footprint? Helping Your Children Manage Their Online Reputation.

  • Take time to understand how your teen uses social media
  • Help them to improve their digital awareness and connect to their inner voice…the one that tells them what the better choice is

Most children know not to share the racy photo or swear in a social post but their inner conscience doesn’t always kick in

  • Don’t assume your child has the same view of privacy as you

Venting online is natural to them but can lead to online shaming and hate.

  • Encourage you child to log off and talk face to face when they experience problems.
  • Google your child’s name to review their digital footprint…but don’t delete
  • 35% of employers are less likely to interview candidates with no online presence.

Turn negative digital impressions positive.

  • Set up a Facebook page that reflects their values, goals and character and make it public.

Your child’s behavior online might be first class but reckless friends can damage their reputation in an instant.

  • Start the conversation early
  • Make parental controls the norm as you teach them how to protect their digital identity

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