**NEW** Visit my Gift Shop to see and purchase my favorite things for organizing, self discovery, marriage and parenting!

Do You Know Your Kid's Digital Footprint?

Want to know what your digital footprint is? Google yourself and see what you find. If you're like most people, you may find yourself on multiple social media outlets with images, tweets and maybe even blog posts. Our generation's digital footprint starts when we sign up for a social media account. For the next generation, their digital footprint starts when parents sign up for a social media account, that's you and me. Our kids will be first generation of kids that will have most of their lives documented and accessible online. How does that make you feel? More importantly, how can you keep your kid's digital footprint from being stained and haunting {or hindering} their future?

What is a digital footprint?

A digital footprint is the trail left behind when interacting with the internet via posts, pictures, videos and so on. It's what results in doing a google search of yourself {or your kids}. I want to be up front and say that this post is not written to try to scare you, but only to make you aware.

Just like we have a digital footprint, our kids do too and thanks to us tech savvy parents, their digital footprint will have lots of juice. But does it really matter?

Who Cares about a digital footprint?

Today the only people that might care about your kid's digital footprint might be close family and friends. In the future, it will be potential colleges, bosses and even spouses who will look at and care about what they find when looking at our kids. Not only that, but these potential seekers will have much to do with our kid's future.

How do I keep my kid's digital footprint clean?

As a parent, the best way to keep your kids' online image clean is to be involved in their techy intake. This is why it's important to follow your kids where ever they are online. Kids will be kids, there's no doubt about that, but that's why kids are given parents to guide, direct and train them for their future.

At the end of the day

Again, this post is not meant to scare, it is to make you aware as a parent. Technology has many advantages and gives us gifts that are sometimes immeasurable. Technology is very powerful, but with power comes responsibility. Cliche, but true.

When I first heard about the concept of a digital footprint from a speaker that came to my moms group, it scared me a little. But after chewing on it more since hearing him, it has challenged me. Challenged be to be more discerning when sharing online, less dependent on social media, and live with integrity.
At the end of the day, our kids will see us and grow to be like us, for better or for worse. The kind of person we want our kids to become needs to be the person they find in us, their parents. A clean digital footprint starts with having a clean, clutter free life. So let's show our kids what's important in real life so we don't have to worry as much about their digital life.

Want more tips on media safety for your family? Check out these posts:
Internet Safety for Kids
Social Media Safety for Teens
5 Techy Tips for Parents

If this post has opened your eyes, it would be a gift to me if you would write a comment below.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...