Digital Check-Up!

Digital Check-Up!


First appeared in Anglican Cyber Tuesdays 05/12/2019. 

OK summer and school holidays are finally here. What will your digital reputation look like next year? Your digital reputation is the sum of all your interactions online. Your posts, your comments, your uploads and photos. All of them. This means as much as social media is regular part of your life it also needs to be used appropriately as it may come back at you. It is now not uncommon for a young person to miss out on jobs or opportunities due to their or others online posts and photos even from events when they a lot younger (i.e.12years old).

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Here is what you can do

Digital Check Up

1. Do a web search or ‘Google yourself’ and use other search engines such as pipl. Remember to use nicknames and different spellings. Do a general search, image search and news search. Be thorough and also check social media to see if someone has made a false account pretending to be you. If they have report them immediately and seek help from a responsible adult.

2. Check your privacy settings

Take the time to search them and check what you’re sharing in: chat, images, posts, likes and account details.

Your ‘Likes and dislikes’ say a lot about you.

3. Review your friends

It’s amazing how many fake, catphish, accounts there are online. If you are suspicious of an account use ‘google images‘ to see if the images are attached to any other accounts.

4. Your friend count should be realistic

Reduce your risks of your identity being stolen or being victim of someone social engineering. Do you really know these people. Don’t rely on friends of friends saying oh, I know them. Talk to your parents about your friends list.

5. Passwords

Use strong passwords and individual passwords. Using a single source login (aka using Facebook or Google) is a convenience but what are you giving up in privacy?

6. Check ‘Terms of Service Didn’t Read’

Check out TOSDR to see what information you are allowing service providers to collect about you.

7. Delete old social media accounts

Delete accounts on old platforms. Older social media platforms aren’t as maintained as newer ones and content may become accessible by hackers. Save off older photos and delete them.  

8. Delete secondary social media accounts

You’re only fooling yourself if you don’t think these can be tracked or linked to you. This is another reality check for those with extra accounts. They can all be linked back to you and your hidden or private content will cause you more than harm than you think long term when it becomes public.  

9. Maintain your devices.

  • Take responsibility for your online activities and reduce your risks to online exploits:
  • Install software updates
  • Run virus checks regularly
  • Delete Apps you’re no longer being used however remove account details and user data.

10. Take responsibility and start being positive online today! 

Improve your Digital Reputation over the holidays in 8 steps:

1. Protect your content and give yourself a Digital Check Up. Reduce the risk of being catphished. Turn on your privacy settings and review your friends list.

2. Remove content you can control. You can take control of what you let other people see. Ask your friends to remove any content you don’t like. This includes images, memes and posts.

3. Remove content from sites you can control by contacting site administrators or using the eSafety Commissioner’s assistance.

4. Start making positive posts and let others see you for who are and what you do.

  • Be positive by looking at what you can do rather than just focusing on the negative. 
  • Be nice online and compliment friends.
  • Be yourself and someone real, not an artificial construct of selfies. Let’s face it everyone’s on to instasnap fakery nowdays.

5. Don’t gossip. Online gossip can turn into bullying very quickly. Once you post it consider it published forever.

6. Build offline time into events: no more head down on the phone or a constant stream of selfies. Technology should compliment your life and not take over your social arena. Give yourself time to focus on relationships and the real world around you.

7.Build offline time and include day off of social media. Focus on your real life and work you have to do. Include a one full day of being offline. 

8. Plan your time online and make it meaningful. Get the most out of your time online. We need to establish a realistic time balanced with real life.

Think about what you are going to do and set a goal. Is it making a post? Checking a friend’s account? Just surfing online? Set a time limit and stick to it.

How and when are you going to get offline, or have a concrete exit strategy.

The eSafety Commissioner has made a special online resource for young people go to >>>>HERE<<<< and click on the topic you need help with. Bookmark it!!!

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