Positive Digital Footprint
What is a digital footprint?
A digital footprint is a word used to describe the traces or "footprints" that people leave online.
Places that a digital footprint could be left on..
Watching what you put on the Internet..
Everything that you put on the internet will most likely leave a footpring there forever. Always rethink before you post something anywhere from social media like facebook to your own blog. If you mess up on what you say or share, it will stick with you forever even if you delete it.
Sharing personal information..
Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all places that many personal facts are shared with others. If you don't set your profile sharing with specific instructions, you may share very personal information with people that are complete strangers.
Who you are..
Making sure that you are ready for the Internet and creating social media accounts is very important. The recommended age for the internet is 13 and older, but many kids today are being allowed onto these when they aren't even of age yet. Some kids create an account without even asking permission.
There are many accounts out there that aren't even real people! Some people create fake accounts to get away with things that should never be allowed. Never create account that appears to be someone else.
Cyberbulling is a very common things now days. Most of the bullying happens in IM and a lot of the victims never even tell anyone that it is happening. If you ever tease someone, post a picture without consent, pretend to be someone else, or post rude things about someone online then you are a cyberbully. If you have ever done these things to someone, seek help to stop yourself from doing these rude things, and apologize to whoever you acted rude to. Cyberbullying is a very serious thing and even deals with the law in most states. It is an actual crime that can get you in trouble. Everyone should think before they post.
Preventing anyone from hacking your account..
Having a good password is a very important thing when creating an account on anything. Your password should not include any personal information like your name, birthday, or address. There should be both numbers and letters placed randomly in your password so that it is too hard for anyone to figure out. Make sure you write it down so you don't forget it! A good password will prevent your personal account from being messed with in any way.