To prevent this from happing, here are a few ways you can keep your digital footprint safe
#1 THINK BEFORE YOU POST
do you really think that it was a good idea to post about that time you cheated on a test or bullied someone? no! even if you did do those things then you defiantly shouldn’t post them online. make sure what you post doesn’t diminish your reputation or make you look bad. make sure no personal information is visible either.
#2 use privacy settings
if you do want to post things that are personal, I.E. your new car with the licence plate, a school jacket, or just that it’s your birthday, then turn your accounts to private to help limit the amount of people that can see these things. it’s best to not post these things at all but privacy settings are a nice immediate layer off protection.
#3 plan for everything you post to be read by your future employer
don’t let what you post online to make your employer to react like this. instead try to post things that make you look good and make people want to know you like supporting a charity receiving a reward, playing a sport (sometimes), or just having a good time with your friends. but use your judgement. if having a good time means robbing wall-mart, then its probably not a good idea to post that.
For students that come later, I find the most effective way to reach people is though live speaking or video. so with either one of these I would tell them, your digital footprint and reputation online is very important for your entire life. it will effect what university will accept you and who will hire you,
what jobs you will get, and who you will meet. the world has a very powerful tool. google search. and when they search your name do you think they will like what they find? if so then continue to grow your online reputation to make you look good. if not then try to rebuild and make yourself great again. be carful who you trust and who you hang out with because if they find you with them in every Instagram photo and then they get arrested, the police might come for you. make sure you think before you post and use proper security settings and you will grow your reputation to make you look amazing.