Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

My digital footprint might affect my future opportunities by keeping everything that I have posted on the internet whether it was bad or good, which could represent myself in a bad light. Future employers could also be looking for certain criteria in a candidate and if your footprint doesn’t show your best qualities, most opportunities will most likely fall through.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

One way you could keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe is by not showing your opinion on controversial topics such as politics, because people might judge you on your specific views. Another way to keep it appropriate and safe is by only posting positive and uplifting messages to your social media so people who come across your accounts can see your best self. A very important way of keeping your digital footprint safe is by not posting any personal information such as where you go to school, where you live, or even what your credit card information is.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

If I could go back in time, I think that I wouldn’t do anything different online because my parents told me at a very young age how carful you have to be to in order to stay safe online. That is something that has really stuck with me, so knowing that, I never posted anything that I wouldn’t want the whole world to see. Some advice that I would pass down to other students, is that everything, no matter how careful you are about it, will always stick to you in one way or another, so always check with your parents to post most things because one mistake now could result in a life of rejection from future employers.