How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities?
Your digital footprint stays out there forever, everything you post or say can be retraceable. I could make a dumb decision when I’m young on the internet and it could affect my entire future with my job, the law and even my relationships.
A lot of the time, jobs do searches on your digital footprint and either it could make or break you getting the job. Maybe you did something as a teenager and it just ends up coming up and ruining your shot at your dream career. Say for example, I was in grade 10 and decided to direct message a girl on Instagram who I didn’t like. I started calling her ugly, telling her to disappear off the earth, sending her and her family intense death threats and constantly telling her I hate her. Eventually the girl shows her parents the death threats and the police get involved. Over the course of a few months, everything gets dealt with and it settles down with me apologizing and learning my lesson. The messages get deleted and police records are pretty confidential so I worry nothing about it. Years later, I apply as a youth worker to help teens with everything they’re going through. My interview and goes smoothly and they really like me! All they have left to do is look at my digital footprint, but they find something from 5 years ago that I thought had disappeared off the face of this earth… my direct messages with the girl! I don’t end up getting my dream job because they don’t want me as a role model for the kids i was going to work with. Digital footprints are forever even if you don’t want them to be.
Getting in trouble with the law way later in life because of your digital footprint is also not a surprising thing.
Describe at least 3 strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.
1- THINK before you post: This method can help you avoid posting and sharing something you might regret in the future
2- don’t overshare: Not everything in your life needs to be posted. Sometimes social media is a way to express the bad and the good but personal things should stay in your real life and off of your platforms.
3- Keep your platforms private: Even though your platforms can still be accessed if they’re private, It still keeps you on the safe side of having less strangers on your platforms and your posts out in the open.
What information did you learn that you would pass on to other students? How would you go about telling them?
I have learned about how much your digital footprint truly could affect your future and how much everything stays out there. Just by googling myself; all my friends came up, my social media, deleted posts and much more. Everything truly stays out thee whether you delete it or not. I would tell students straight up how scary it is and how cautious you should be.
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