A Digital Footprint
How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities?
It could have a positive impact on future opportunities when you have an appropriate footprint
- My example is getting the job because of what you posted; community service you did, a cool school project, or something that you are proud of. Your posts could also show your values and positive family connections. It could also highlight your communication skills with how you respond to people’s post or what you write in your posts.
- Why it would affect your future? If you have a good footprint that shows what kind of person you are, this may allow you to receive new opportunities in life. An employer would rather hire someone who shows positive things about themselves. Than having someone who they know nothing about.
It could have a negative impact from having an impropriate footprint
- The example I chose is losing a scholarship because of rude or impropriate things you put on social media; racist comments, photos of you doing inappropriate things, or just a lot of photos of you. Why it would affect your future: I always hear a lot of stories about people who lose scholarships because of the things that they posted in the past. You might have worked super hard on getting a scholarship for a sport you play. However you said something on the internet that was mean or racist in the past. That could determine if you get the scholarship or the other person of equal skill gets it.
Describe at least three strategies that you use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe!
Prior to posting anything I would ask myself, would I be proud to show it to anyone?
- I believe that is important to think about what you’re going to post before posting it. You need to take the time before you respond to posts. You want to keep a safe footprint. For example: Would you want your grandma to see what you posted? If you post something that you wouldn’t want your parents to see or your teachers to see, it’s likely something that isn’t appropriate. You should also always consider the words that you use when responding to someone’s posts. You don’t want to get involved with negatively or saying mean things to someone. You can always disagree with someone politely without be rude. Choose your words carefully.
Checking with an adult or a parent
- If you are not yet an adult, I think you should talk to someone who has more experience in life about what you are going to post. They might have advice on what you are posting and may be able to let you know if they think it will have a negative or positive affect on your future. Even if you are an adult it would be a good idea to get someone else to check if what you are posting is good for your image. Most importantly, trust your gut. If you’re unsure, don’t post!
Think is it important or will it contribute to the world
- Is it really that important to post a photo of everything that you are doing? Does the whole world need to know that you ate spaghetti for dinner? If it is important for you to post things about your life so old friends or family members can see what you been up to, try to think if they rather see a nice photo of you enjoying an activity or spending time with someone you care about. Than the same photo at different angles. Posting a million selfies can portray you as a self-absorbed person. You need to have a balance of what kinds of photos you post. Social media is a good place to express your opinions but be sure to know your facts.
What did I learn that I would pass on to other students? How would you go about telling them?
What did I learn?
- It may not seem important at the time but your digital footprint will have an impact on your entire future. So, it’s necessary to think before you post and put your best image on the internet. Just think, will what I’m doing on the internet have a positive or negative impact on my life.
How would I go about telling other students?
- I believe having students listen to other people’s experiences about social media horror stories would help people realize the consequences. Students would get a clear idea of what would not be a good thing to post and how certain things might affect your future. Also having posters around the school that advertise be safe on the internet and keep an appropriative digital footprint would be a good reminder.
By Mackenzie C
First photo by Emelie Lundqvist; found on creative commons
Second, third, and fifth photo by Me
Forth photo: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mcwdDEnwIu4/WSNVTQFcmEI/AAAAAAAALBs/rhnxnOqMf6c6BSgsE4XtSPBT4vyWJoO0gCLcB/s1600/345___big-grin-rosy-cheeks-emoji.png