At some point most people are guilty of oversharing on social media. Some more than others. And some – share too much information.
It’s important to understand why. Your paper resume has been replace by an Internet search. Employers, college admissions officers and others will search your social media pages and look at all of your posts.
Teens showing viral videos, photos of drinking parties, questionable comments – all of this oversharing can hurt your future!
The same goes for adults. Sharing questionable photos, videos and disgruntled comments can land you right out of a job instead of into one.
Whether you are a teenager getting ready to apply to college or someone that is job hunting, fact is, you will be considered an applicant. Applicants will usually be part of an internet search.
Having a good digital reputation is key to your future whether you’re a youth or an adult.
In today’s fast-paced society people will not take the time to determine what is Internet-fact vs. Internet-fiction? They will assume it is fact and deny your college or job application or simply move on to your competitor.
What will they find out about you?
Take the time to search yourself and maintain your virtual image and online reputation.
Remember, what goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet! There is no rewind online. Post remorse may happen to you once or twice, but don’t allow it to become a habit.
Learn to take the time to manage your privacy settings and change your passwords frequently (create challenging ones).
No one should ever share personal information. Especially teens – they need to know that sharing their social security number is never okay. When it comes to their phone number, address and other private information, teens should always check with their parents first.
Clean out your non-friends! Although we love having a lot of friends on our social media sites, remember they also have access to your social media site information. How well do you really know them?
Keep in mind, you never get a second chance to make a first impression — today that means online. Keep it clean, keep it positive, and monitor it with care.
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