(NAPSI)—Today, what people see about us online is as much of who we are as what people see in person. The prevalence of social media and our need to record nearly every aspect of our lives place an importance on maintaining a positive and professional online identity and brand. Oftentimes, how we appear online can impact our real lives, including getting a job, earning an education or building relationships.
This is especially important for today’s younger generations, who will soon apply for college or start careers. Young professionals and high school and college students are comfortable living as much of their lives online as they do in person. While sharing their experiences online has become a normal aspect of life, it may have negative implications if what they post is seen as lewd, unprofessional or juvenile.
There are countless examples of how online identities can cause someone to be fired or expelled. Parents can lead the way in smart online practices by helping their children declutter their online presence. Dennis Bonilla, executive dean of University of Phoenix’s College of Information Systems & Technology, compares digital brands to tattoos, and warns that the content we post online can never be fully erased.
“It is vital for parents to review digital brands with their children, especially as they prepare to enter the professional chapter of their lives,” Bonilla said. “It may not seem cool to children to censor online content, but they will appreciate their parents’ help in the long run.”
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