How to Help Your Child Manage their Reputation Online

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We live in a world where online stains can persist for years. This is why we now have to consider whether our children are unknowingly creating a negative reputation for themselves whenever they go online.

Cleveland lawyer Aaron Minc says that this is one of the greatest challenges facing the youth of today. Employers frequently look up people and if they find something they don’t like, an otherwise perfect candidate could miss the job.

So how should you go about helping your child manage their reputation online?

Promote Safe Internet Practices

You should sit down with your children and make it clear of the risks that come with posting certain types of content online. Don’t just tell them not to do something. Explain to them why it’s in their best interests not to do something. Treat them like adults.

At the same time, you should sit down with them and make it clear what safe Internet practices are. Follow them yourself and set an example.

Protect their Accounts

Believe it or not, your online reputation isn’t just about what you post. It’s also about the security of your online presence. If someone breaks into your child’s Facebook account they can post practically anything. By the time the account is locked down, the damage has already been done.

This means you should go out of your way to protect their accounts through solid password practices and securing their electronic devices.

Monitor Them Yourself

Many situations in which online reputations are destroyed happen because of ignorance. Young people are finding their way in the world and they may not know what’s appropriate or not. This is especially true if their friends are posting inappropriate content.

We mentioned that you should treat them like adults. But at the same time, they’re still children. They need parental guidance. So how do you balance their desire for privacy while at the same time protecting them?

Lawyer Aaron Minc says, “These days there’s software that allows parents to discreetly monitor their children’s online presence. This gives them the privacy they want while giving parents the peace of mind they need.”

These software options are especially useful if your children won’t add you as connections on the various social media networks.

Watching and Removing Damaging and Inaccurate Entries

It’s not only ignorance that destroys online reputations. Sometimes your child may become the victim of a malicious attack from someone they know. It can be devastating to watch this happen, but as a parent, you can take action to limit the damage.

You should consider setting up a Google Alert for your child’s name. Include their full name and any nicknames. If this name appears on Google you will get an automatic email directing you to the entry in question.

After you find the offending entry you can take steps to remove it, in most cases.

Sometimes this is as simple as sending a message to the site’s administrator and they’ll take the content down. However, you may have to resort to legal action to have the entry removed.

Protect Your Child’s Reputation

We know that sometimes you’re unable to remove offending entries online. This may make you feel powerless, but the truth is that online reputation works both ways.

People can attempt to take away from someone’s reputation. At the same time, you can do a lot to protect it. Publishing positive stories about your child, or even just touting their achievements online is an excellent way of projecting them in a positive manner.

A few negative stories can be buried deep within the recesses of the Internet if you do your best to promote your child’s positive qualities.

Last Word – It’s About Protection

You don’t have to look at your child like a brand. But through briefing them on the risks and doing what you can to protect them you’re defending them in the years ahead.

It’s important for parents to take control when it comes to matters like this. Be proactive and implement safe Internet practices in your own life.

Do you have any additional tips for making sure that you protect your child’s reputation when they enter the online world?

 

9 Comments

  1. Elizabeth O says:

    That’s right. It is important to talk to our kids about their limit in using online. Some children spending their time in playing video games and watching cartoons. Until they can no longer doing their assignments. Parents should be aware of this.

  2. Amanda RIpsam says:

    I have a few more years before I have to deal with that myself she is 10 but I have been blogging about our journey and I often wonder what kind of online blueprint that might have on her.

  3. It’s so important to teach your kids these things! It can be so scary to think of your kid being harassed online.

  4. Kelly Reci says:

    Nowadays. Some kids will like to use the internet than reading books. We need to talk to them to limit the usage of the internet.

  5. I am such a protective parent. I monitor what my son does online and even use parental controls so that he can’t go where he’s not supposed to.

  6. Gladys parker says:

    None of this was thought about when my children were young. I am going to pass this on to my daughter. I worry about my grandchildren being on the internet at 10. What do they know about safety at this age unless they are taught.

    1. admin says:

      Gladys this is very true. My kids are as young as 5 and they are using tech quite a bit at school. They do have tablets but I have the internet blocked for now and they just use them for the apps. Once something is out there on the web, it’s pretty much there, so its important our kids know how to stay safe especially with all sorts of predators lurking.

  7. I am worried about this with my little one. HE wants to be online SO BAD and make videos, and I want to protect him!

    1. Hi Krystal,

      I know the feeling. My boys want to have social accounts and do vlogs, but I am going over all of the options as to whats best. For now, I’m keeping them under my brand, but maybe over the summer, we’ll revisit them starting their own channel and see how that goes.

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