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June 12, 2014
Sue is an author and Parent Advocate. She is also the founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts, Inc.
Everyone has heard of the summer-slump. It’s natural for our kids to want to take a break from learning, especially if it has anything that has to do with school. After all, it’s probably one of the commonalities that different generations can relate to – looking forward to summer break.
But unlike earlier generations who didn't have the Internet to contend with, we have our digital footprints and online reputations to worry about. Today our kids, especially those applying to colleges, know (or at least we hope they do) that their every keystroke and social media post will potentially be put through the Internet wash-cycle, and how whatever spins out can affect their future.
Your digital life never gets a summer break – or any break, for that matter.
Since summertime usually means more screen time, it's wise to encourage our kids, especially teens, to set summer digital goals to help maintain their digital footprint and virtual image.
Tips to polish your cyber-reputation:
1. Your cyber-friends can reflect who you are online.
2. Privacy is priceless.
3) Create your blog or improve it.
These are a few tips to get you started over the summer. A clean online reputation could set you apart from another college applicant for a college of your first choice.
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Statistics show more colleges and employers are using the Internet to search names of applicants. Over 70% said that those with negative content were not hired or they accepted another applicant over the one found with negative content.
Encourage your kids and teens to start their digital summer goals today. Their digital footprint can have a big impact on their future!
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Sue Scheff is an author and Parent Advocate. She founded Parents’ Universal Resource Experts, Inc in 2001. Her expertise is educating parents that are struggling with their out-of-control teenager and Internet safety for both kids and adults. In her book, Wit’s End! Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen, (Health Communications, Inc), Sue Scheff journals her own difficulties with her teen, as well as offers prescriptive advice for parents at their wit’s end.
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