Digital Footprint Reflection

How your digital footprint affects your future

The mark you leave behind on the internet can have a major impact on your future. For example, when you apply for a job, your employer might search your name up. They might find your name, social media account, or other information about you somewhere on the internet. Whether they find positive or negative information can affect whether you get the job or not. Another example is college or university. They can easily check and find out who you are if you’re applying. That also depends if you get in or not. Well then you might be thinking, “How do I keep my digital footprint positive and safe?” That’s a good question. One thing you should always do before you post is T.H.I.N.K. That means you should ask yourself these questions: Is the post true? Could it hurt others? Is it illegal? Is it necessary? Are you being kind? Also, before you post, always make sure you change the privacy settings on your social networking account so that only your real life friends or people you know can see it. You should never disclose any personal information as well. This includes phone number, address, passwords, etc. If I could go back in time and change anything I did online, I would not change anything but the advice I would give myself or other students is, always think before you say or do anything online and a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if your grandmother would approve.

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