Protect Digital Disaster Article
|Tuesday,May 03, 2011|
Protect Children From Digital Disasters
With every post and click your children are creating a digital reputation. A positive online reputation can open doors for educational scholarship and employment opportunities. A negative one will have the opposite effect. Often, your digital reputation is the first impression someone has of you. That’s one reason parents need to communicate with their children about their digital reputations and to keep checking their Internet activity.
As Davina Pruitt-Mentle, director for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach at the University of Maryland, says, “As a parent, it’s important to know about digital reputation – for kids to understand their future in terms of admission to college, internships, externships and scholarships, whether it be academic or sports. But more, they need to understand the consequences down the road.”
What to do
iKeepSafe.org and the American School Counselor Association have teamed up to provide families with a number of resources that will help them build an online reputation that is an asset rather than a liability.
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:
To help families understand the impact of online reputation go to www.ikeepsafe.org/reputation.