What is a Digital Footprint?
A Digital Footprint is the record of your interaction with the digital world. You leave a trail of your digital footprints whenever you use technology online. This includes digital cameras, smart phones, iPods, tablets, laptops and computers.
Your footprints contains bits of information about you. They could include your name, nickname or other personal information like your date of birth or address. They could let people know about what you like, are interested in and the things you like to do. Some of this information we leave out there knowingly, other things we may not even realise we have left.
How can we manage our Digital Footprint?
- Delete any abandoned or unused social media accounts
- Guard your privacy - check privacy settings to restrict who can view your posts, photos and information
- Remember nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied and viewed by anyone and everyone. That post or photo can be permanent and online forever
- Assume everyone is watching - Your parents, teachers, prospective romantic partners and employers
- Protect your reputation - Think before you post or upload. Keep language and photos appropriate. Be careful what you share or like. Ensure your online activities present you in a positive light
- Apply the Golden Rule - Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Don't post photos or comments that show others in an unfavourable light
- Post only positive and interesting aspects of yourself to give others a good impression of your personal brand.
- Find ways to ensure your brand reflects who you are, what you stand for, your passions and beliefs.
- Avoid oversharing.
- Start a blog, a Facebook Group, create videos or podcasts. These can be about a hobby, sport, personal interest or civic activity.