Welcome to Day 3 of Indiana Digital Citizenship Week! Each day this week we will be celebrating by exploring a different topic related to being our best selves in the digital world. Each of these five posts will include a brief discussion of the day’s topic as well as resources and ideas for discussing these topics with your friends.

Day 3 – Digital Reputation

Our reputations have always mattered, but in the Digital Age, how we manage our online reputation can be even more critical. The mistakes we make can be magnified and can live forever thanks to the Internet. That said, we also have a great opportunity to build an amazing online reputation that can be harnessed to our own benefit and to the benefit of others.

In order to build an online reputation that we will be proud of, we need to always be thoughtful about what we post online. The popular acronym THINK reminds us to consider if what we are putting online is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind. If that is our criteria, we have less to worry about in terms of how others see us in the digital world.

Here are some resources to learn more about this topic:

Here are 5 actions that you can take today:

Discussion Starters to Use with Your Friends:

  • (After spending time Googling your names) How would you characterize your digital footprint?
  • What rules do you set for yourself when considering what to share online?
  • What do your “likes” and “favorites” on social media say about you?
  • How much time and effort do you put into creating a positive online reputation?
  • Imagine that you are a brand. What does your brand stand for? Who’s buying?
  • What are the potential consequences/ benefits to your last 20 posts on social media?
  • Should there be a difference between the professional and personal online “you?”
  • What strategies do you use to keep your online reputation clean?
  • How does the online world make it more difficult/easier to maintain a positive reputation?
  • What are your worst and best online habits?