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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.)

Joyce Valenza 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


  1. I agree that all teachers should be teaching good digital citizenship to ourt students. How to make good decisions, how to respond to bullying esp. more passive kinds such as passing on photos and comments or joining sites and how to build a positive footprint.
    This needs to be built into the curriculum and supported by the educational authorities rather than suppressed.

  2. I hadn’t thought that not having a digital presence could be a red flag, but yeah, that makes sense.

  3. Its best to control what is being said or what shows up when researching your name. Many young adults end up deleting old accounts from college days and never replace them which is a bad sign. always make sure all social networks are filled out and show up. also buy domain names with your name and make sure they rank. many companies actually do their due diligence just by researching your name on the web


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