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Protecting your reputation online: 4 things you need to know
A few days back, Mashable shared this infographic on e-reputation management.
The very same advice digital marketing firm KBSD offers adults can be applied to high school students.
College admissions officers, internship supervisors, and first employers are likely looking at our students’ personal profiles and social networking images and content to discover both their positive and less-than-positive attributes.
If we want to teach lessons with truly long legs, we can teach young people to manage their online reputations.
That involves involves regular checking and cleaning, and a think-before-you-tweet-or-post approach.
And, as the infographic advises, being digitally nonexistent may be a detriment. Perhaps we need to do a little rethinking about what most schools tend to obscure–a student’s academic footprint.
Are there ways we can balance student safety with publishing student work so that our students, in turn, can balance those party shots with their best digital stories, science projects, and IB papers?
I am warming up the poster printer. (This one will be patched in three or four pieces.)
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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