Digital profiles are interesting creatures. Where previously bad haircuts and fashion fads were confined to the family photo album, now they are on display to a wider online audience.
It is really important while children are young to help them shape a digital profile they can be proud of later in life, and this is something the College strives to impress upon our students through the Digital Citizenship programme.
The Family Online Safety Institute also has some tips to help parents navigate digital and social media spaces with their children:
Do a quick web search of your child’s first and last name. Find something your child doesn’t want posted? If it’s posted by a friend, your child can ask them to take it down, or try contacting the site administrator and request they remove any unwanted content.
Check Privacy Settings
The privacy settings on websites and social networks change regularly; take time to understand current settings so you know just what your child is sharing and with whom.
Think Before Posting
A digital footprint is more than the information available about a person on the web, it’s about their interactions too. Before putting anything online, have your daughter ask herself if it’s something she really wants others to see or know about her.
Follow But Not Too Closely
Friend your children on social media, but respect their online space and don’t overdo the interactions. This is a chance for them to build an identity separate to that of their parents, so give them the space to do so while still maintaining a watchful eye.
As in real life, kids can have friendship issues online. Show them that whatever is going on in their digital world, they can talk to you about it and you will support them in finding a resolution.