Protecting your Online Reputation and Identity

online reputation

Your personal online reputation matters. It is as important as your identity in real word. Discuss with your child about how they can have a good online reputation. Here are some things to consider to safeguard your online identity and reputation:

Remember that nothing is temporary online: Once you post something online, it would remain there forever. Even if you delete it, it can be retrieved easily.

Make your profile as private: Don’t rely on the site’s default settings. Privacy settings need to be set properly. The profiles can be set in such manner that no information is shown to people who are not friends with you.

Safeguard your passwords and change them frequently : Create secure passwords and keep them secret. Not even your best friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend should know your private passwords.

Don’t respond to inappropriate requests : Teach your children that they should never accept a friend’s request from a stranger or to communicate online or chat with any one who they don’t know. If you use computer in a library or Internet cafe, log off completely before you leave.

Don’t post offensive comments:  Your child should not post any offensive content on any social networking websites like Facebook and also shouldn’t join any “I hate” group. Tell the your child, how it can harm them and strict action can be taken against him by you and also by people who belong to government or any person who is hurted by that content.

Learn about copyrights : One more thing you need to tell your kid is to be careful while downloading anything from internet. It can be music, file, image, movie or even anti-virus software.Downloading free music, videos and software could be tempting, but it is illegal to pirate material that is under copyright. Downloading should not be confused with streaming, which is where video, music or sound is sent over the internet for you to watch or listen to in real time, rather than being able to be saved on your computer to use later.

Check yourself:  Try typing your screen name or email address into a search engine and see what comes up.

Check out this post which talks about how to make sure that your kid uses Facebook wisely-  https://socialmediawiseblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/using-facebook-2/

Take Care 🙂

Sonal

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