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Hi, I'm Emma, ​​an online security fighter, and you are watching the Live My Digital video series. Today's topic is the digital footprint.

This video introduces you to the digital footprint, how your child can use their footprint to their advantage, and gives your children tips and advice on how to keep it safe and clean up.

When we talk about the digital footprint, we are really talking about the digital information trail that we leave behind when we do something online, when we share things, search for things, join groups, or buy things.

Things we do online are tracked and monitored by all sorts of people, from advertisers to future employers to insurance companies. It's hard to imagine our children realizing that the things they do online today, the silly picture they post, or politically incorrect language they might use could have an impact on them.

Research shows that 48% of employers use search engines to research people before considering a job. And should you one day decide to apply to a university, many universities will also research your digital footprint as part of the application process. A digital footprint can be a fantastic tool for your child to showcase their hobbies, interests, and experiences. We see this a lot in the employment sector, where young people are using social media to develop something attention grabbing to stand out from the crowd.

6 second CVs on Vine `{` now no longer available`} `portfolios displayed beautifully on pinterest. Creative résumés developed by Snapchat stories or people expressing their hobbies and interest on their blogs and YouTube channels.

I spoke to a group of students to collect their thoughts on their digital footprint.

`{` Are young people aware of their digital footprints? `}`

`{` Young girl speaks`} `We are told about digital footprints all the time, but they don't really show up. When you post a photo, don't think about what your employer is going to think about it in 10 years

`{` Another girl is talking`} `If you are looking for someone else's name, we looked for my girlfriend's name and she was a picture of me, just me not with her because she liked my picture or something.

`{` Are you thinking about the impact your digital footprint could have on applying to or working at a university? `}`

`{` another girl is talking`} `I think there is definitely something to regret later when people post insightful photos and you think, 'Oh, would you be really happy if a future employer sees this?'

`{` Another girl is speaking`} `Your past could be something you are really proud of. Perhaps you've done something that you would like people to know about in the future.

`{` Presenter Emma`} `How can you help your children take care of their digital footprints?

First, work with them to make sure that their security settings are up to the standard that you are both happy with. In social networks, for example, you usually have the option to make your posts, snaps, videos private or public in the security settings. Ask `{` Your Child`} `to search their online profiles and if they come across anything they are not happy with, they should be able to delete it. Nothing can actually be deleted online, but at least you can make it less visible.

Tagging is a way of identifying someone in a picture, video, or comment on social media. If someone else has tagged your child in a piece of content that they don't want to be associated with, there is usually an option to un-tag them.

And if someone has posted your child's content that you both want to remove, you can also report it to social networks themselves and ask them to delete that content on your behalf.

Sometimes you may need to reach out to the person who shared this content directly and ask them to delete it. It's also worth reminding your child to delete or disable unwanted accounts that they simply no longer use. Just because they aren't using it doesn't mean the content will go away.

And encourage your child to get used to looking for themselves regularly. Use popular search engines like Google to see what others could find out about them.

If you want to have a conversation about your child through their digital footprint, encourage them to watch the digital footprint created especially for them so you can discuss the topics we covered in both videos together.

And why don't you ask 'How often do you google yourself?'

Hope you found this advice helpful. Remember how amazing technology is. We all have the right to use them safely and responsibly.

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