Reasons for Online Safety
We deliver reasons and resources to help keep your family safe online.
Your teenager applies for the college of their dreams and is called to the admissions office. The admissions officer comes out and the excitement rises because you know your kid had perfect high school years, excellent grades, good in sports and helped with as many extracurricular activities as humanly possible. There should be no possible reason to be rejected from this college. Then you hear, “Application Denied” in the conversation. Why?
Well it seems that the college found some posts on a Facebook page that characterized your teenager’s personality as an unacceptable admission to the college. Just a few words about a little excessive partying and less than sterling behavior while in the high school years. Facebook has ruined another reputation. It’s not the fault of Facebook, maybe your teenager just didn’t think of the implications of the seemingly harmless posts on the ever so popular social networking site. This scenario happens all too often these days. Teens really need to take into consideration the reality of the Internet and how it can ruin a reputation.
Find out what is posted on the Internet about yourself or your teenagers and get it off the Internet before it is too late and your reputation is ruined forever. The nature of the Internet makes it almost impossible to get incriminating postings to just go away. Programs have been developed a way to make things disappear from the face of the Internet. Of course, they respect freedom of speech so they cannot guarantee to remove everything about you on the Internet. For example, if you or your child was in the news and that is posted on the Internet, that news story cannot be removed.
If you are a college student or a recent graduate, there is a lot of information about you on the Internet. All the jokes made by friends on social networks, party photographs you have uploaded, and funny postings you have penned are likely to be indexed by search engines. Some of that content will be flattering. However, if you are like many college students, some of it will not be.
If you are trying to win a competitive internship, land a high-paying full-time job or matriculate at a top graduate program, you need to control your online reputation and make it work for you not against you. Recruiters and Human Resource departments are Googling you right now.