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Managing Your Digital Footprint

In the online world, a little bit of thought can go a very long way to protecting your reputation, not just now, but possibly for the rest of your life. Browse through the resources below for some useful tips on how to stay safe online, as well as how to apply for your dream job.

 

LANDING YOUR DREAM JOB

When it comes to landing your dream job, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration. ESE Consulting have developed a useful guide to prepare job hunters.

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THE WEB DOESN’T FORGET

Whatever you post online has the potential to exist for the rest of your lifetime. It's a good idea to give things some thought before putting them out there. Potential employers will put your name into a search engine before deciding to employ you. If they don't like what they see, you might not get the job.

Find out more about the long memory of the internet.

THINK BEFORE YOU POST!

As a rule, when you're mad, upset or sad, take a deep breath and wait a while before describing your feelings online. And then ask yourself: do I want everyone to know how I'm feeling? The consequences of a poorly thought-out blog post or comment could be significant and long-lasting.

Find out more about thinking before posting.

NEVER SEND PRIVATE PHOTOS

Once you press "send" you've lost control of the image. Once you send a photo using your mobile or computer, you have NO control over who can and can't view it.

Find out more about sending and posting private photos.

NEVER TRY TO SETTLE AN ARGUMENT IN CYBERSPACE

An argument online, whether you're right or not, is more likely to start a flame war than it is to convince someone that they're wrong. The best way to fix a relationship is to talk to someone calmly, face-to-face.

Find out more about staying nice online.

TAKE STOCK

From time-to-time do a cull of your "friends" on social networking sites. If you haven't spoken to someone in a year, are they really worth keeping as a friend?

Find out more about quality versus quantity when it comes to friends.

Links

Websmarts
SYN FM takes a critical look at issues and ideas related to young people and the internet in a series of radio and television programs.

Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies & Cyberbullying
A free Android app with info about laws on sex and consent, sexting and cyberbullying.

Cybersmart
The Australian Government's Cybersmart site is designed to help empower you to be safe online.

ThinkUKnow
Helpful site full of tips on how to stay in control on the web.

eHeadspace
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 - 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.

Lifeline
If you or someone you know need someone to talk to, for any reason, about anything, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 24 hours a day.

Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a free, 24-hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.

Tagged
An Australian film about a group of high-school friends who post a rumour about a rival and spark a chain reaction that leaves no one untouched. Will these friends avoid being tagged forever?

A Thin Line
A US site that helps you draw the line between digital use and digital abuse.

That's Not Cool
An interactive site from the US that’s all about where you draw your digital line.

It's not too late to clean up your social media profile