Make your child a serious candidate for universities and employers
Your reputation online can quickly become a nasty monster if you do not take care of it properly. Its strength or decline depends on what you publish, the size of your network and the people who make it up, and how these people respond to your publications.
We generally advise to publish online content in a focused and minimalist way but are aware that children and teenagers sometimes tend to have a more relaxed way of shaping their digital identity.
Here’s a list of 16 ideas to share with your child or use as a guide to help tame his virtual alter ego and bring to the fore an online reputation that has gone too far.
Let’s start from the beginning: make online privacy a priority.
The health of your digital image is strongly tied to your attention to protecting your data.
- Lock your online privacy securely with an all-in-one Internet protection solution.
The best protection for your online privacy includes anti-virus software that blocks spyware, phishing, and data attacks before they further damage the reputation you’re building.
A bonus: All-in-one Internet security also checks your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts to ensure the best use of the personalized privacy settings for your protection.
- Update your privacy settings on your apps and social platforms.
Privacy settings on social networks often change, and this practice requires constant attention.
If you use Facebook, make your life easier and download this free application that checks your privacy settings, Privacy Scanner. Watch Alerts invite you to check for somewhat suspicious permissions and manage the list of people who can contact you and view your personal information. This is the application you need.
- Reduce your network, a lot, a lot.
It’s time to say goodbye to “friends” who look more like enemies. Cut the bridges with anyone who would have shared inappropriate content online.
40% of employers check the profiles of hopeful candidates on social networks and 80% of admissions commissions for universities scrutinize Facebook profiles before making a decision. They watch who you are dating online to find out who you are.
And while you’re there, remove from your friends list people with whom you are not on good terms. Network skim rhymes with preserved confidentiality.
Then, the moment of truth: start with a search.
Mobile Security for Android devices is a must if you want to search your name with a smartphone or tablet. Your device may be small, but it is still a powerful computer that needs the same kind of protection as a laptop or desktop. Virtual thieves do not care what kind of device you use.
Search for secure virus scanning software to make sure that you’re not exposing yourself to unnecessary risk when you reinvigorate your virtual life.
Symantec’s Software License Management solution allows you to actively and easily manage the asset lifecycle.
- Find your name on Google.
Be smarter than universities and employers and do the research before them. It is important that you see what information needs to be improved before them.
- Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.
Review the details of your profile and correct publications in recent months, by eliminating gibberish and taking care to revise the most essential content.
You can also use Grammarly to check and fix your all writing errors. Well, It has two plan for users: Grammarly premium and free. I’m using it from last 2 years, and I’m loving this grammar checker tool.
- Do yourself an audit of your reputation with the information you discover online.
Make a three-column chart for “positive”, “negative”, and “neutral” information that you find after a Google search and on your social media accounts. Negative points require your immediate attention.
And finally, the cleaning: clean your digital image well
Here’s something to consider when you move on to the big cleanup phase: Parental Control software gives you a fresh and fresh look at what might have eluded you during the initial reputation audit.
They allow you to check social media activities, behavior when publishing content, and online communications. We do not want to betray the trust your child has in you, but we want to give you the right tools to make the decisions leading to a singing tomorrow.
- Disable an account that is no longer recoverable.
Take this measure only if the account is infested with unflattering content that requires weeks of cleaning.
- Delete photos and videos that contain sexual, aggressive or illegal content. (In other words, nobody wants to see that.)
While it’s impossible to know who uploaded content from your page, the principle of damage mitigation strongly encourages you to remove any compromising information from your side.
Even if you do not appear in the photos or are not having fun, there is still a need to delete the photo or video.
- Delete all obscene and vulgar publications.
Higher schools have only to make monosyllabic interjections, pay attention to your language. In the future, publish your content as if your grandmother was reading you.
- Remove negative comments left by you or others.
You want to show yourself in your best light. Do not let a nasty comment give an ugly image of your character.
- Stop using email addresses that are a bit silly or provocative.
What seems clever to a 14-year-old teen loses its superb when the child reaches a little more mature age of 17 or 18 years. Opt for an email address with your name or a respectable variation of it.
And if your reputation really needs a big sweep, then the principle of “dilution as a solution to pollution” applies. The more positive and strategic your posts are, the more likely you are to “overwhelm” negative content that you cannot remove
- Post photos of productive events, hobbies, or constructive relationships.
Employers and universities would like to know a little more than your bachelor’s degree results. Give them a glimpse into your life as an amateur footballer, frequent flyer, or girl close to your family.
- Replace child profile photos with more mature photos.
Do not clean your profile to the point that there is only a pale, sanitized copy with no personality left. Ask yourself if your photo is talking to adults in the workplace.
- Post videos that showcase volunteer work.
The better online actions you publish, the less likely your bad actions are to resurface on the first page of search engine results.
- Join Internet groups that support nonprofit causes that matter to you.
Show commitment to a cause with positive feedback shows that you see beyond your belly button.
- Create a LinkedIn profile.
If you’re 18 or older, creating a LinkedIn profile is a positive way to showcase your work experience and build a professional online network.