HOW YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT COULD AFFECT YOUR FUTURE
There are multiple ways that your digital footprint could affect your future. Here are only a few examples.
- Future EMPLOYERS and JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
In this day and age, employers are googling and researching, online, their applicants. Things that you may think are small, or that don’t matter that you do online, an offensive comment, a picture of you drinking or that contains inappropriate content can change whether you get a job or not.
- COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES:
Not only the people that are employing you looking at your digital background, the colleges and universities that you apply for are as well. They are looking for the same things, offensive comments, drinking, inappropriate content that you have posted online can change whether you get into the university of your dreams or not. When you think about it, if you were the employer or university, what kind of a person would you want representing your company or school? Your digital profile grows everyday, and whenever you post online it stays in your digital dossier forever.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR DIGITAL PROFILE APPROPRIATE AND SAFE
- One way of keeping your digital profile safe is by THINKing (using the thinking method) before you post online.
- Personalizing and monitoring your privacy settings.
A great way to keep your digital profile appropriate and safe is too make your social media accounts private. This way you can choose who sees what you post and who follows you. Being careful about who you let follow you is not a bad thing, and if someone you don’t know were to request you and you decline, don’t be embarrassed or feel bad about it. Knowing who follows you, personally, can help prevent things from going viral or getting spread. Having a private account let’s you have more control over who you want to share your pictures, thoughts and feelings with.
- Choose what pictures you post on your accounts and online, and monitor what other people post about you.
- Monitoring what you post on your accounts and thinking about it are very important things. Would you want your teachers, parents, or boss to see it? Could the picture be offensive to some people? Are you doing, or partaking in something inappropriate in the picture?
- Monitoring what your friends are posting about you online is another great thing to be doing. Having your friends ask permission before they post a picture of you is a great way to keep yourself safe and your digital profile appropriate. Ask yourself the same questions. Would you want your teachers, parents, or boss to see it? Could the picture be offensive to some people? Are you doing, or partaking in something inappropriate in the picture?
Usually, if you find yourself questioning it in the first place, it’s probably not a good idea.
INFORMATION THAT I WOULD PASS ON TO OTHER STUDENTS
- Everything that you put, post, or send online is permanent. Whether it is accessible to the public or not, everything goes into your digital dossier. Even your bank and credit card numbers, although protected to a certain degree differing from information available to the public, it is in your digital dossier. EVERYTHING online is PERMANENT.
- What you do online could not only affect your future, it could CHANGE IT.
- Ask yourself before you post, what kind of an IMAGE do you want other people to have of you?
(All pictures taken from creative commons)
Alexa Darwin September 25th 2017 Applications of Digital Literacy