10 ways to kill your digital footprint

Posted on July 3, 2011

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Michel is drunk

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I sat down with my tween the other day, and shared the bees and birds of cyberspace with him. I am so surprised at how many parents miss the enriching opportunity to let their kids know what a mistake they are making every day on social media.

It´s not about whether they are social or not, it´s about being smart. It´s knowing that before they step into the college or job interview arena, they will be “googled”. That building credibility and reputation starts now, not at 25.

Our digital footprint is sacred. Let us not mess it up by posting any of the following:

  1. Drunk, lewd or nude photos…of you or your friends. Many high level execs and politicians have paid the price before.
  2. That you are having an affair…or would like to have one.
  3. Complaints about your boss or your job.
  4. Private drama with your friends or family.
  5. Personal information like phone numbers, health and med info, financial information…you get it.
  6. How to get more friends or followers…(this one is a deal breaker)
  7. Your daily schedule…what you had for breakfast, what your dog is doing, vacation dates or anything that might show your whereabouts (burglars are particularly fond of this one)
  8. Your bodily functions…(I´m surprised I even have to mention this)
  9. Creating or participating in aggressive or uncomfortable discussions on race, religion, politics and chauvinism.
  10. Finally, if you have to think more that 5 seconds about whether to share it or not, my suggestion is…don’t share it.