PSA Online Reputation

What is your online reputation?

Your online reputation is basically the way your are perceived online and on your social media accounts. Everything you post or share will be viewed by people, and what you post can effect their opinion of you

Why is this important?

It is important to understand this concept because it can effect your everyday life. Whenever you post something, it is on the internet forever. Even if you delete it, it can still be found. It is important to know this information, not to scare you, but so you can take this knowledge and apply it to your life going forward.

How can it effect your life?

Social media is a great and fun thing to use until it starts making a change in your life. Today, the things you post can actually effect major things in your life, like your friends, your job, and even getting into college.

These statistics were based off a study conducted where human resources employees were told to accept or reject college students based on their social medias. 69% of candidates were rejected because of various things found on their social medias.. This proves that everything you post can effect you.

What you post can have an impact on your job

If you look up social media and job loss, a countless amount of articles come up. All theses articles are about people who were fired over something they posted on social media. Everyday more employers are looking at current employees and potential employees social medias. If you would not want your boss seeing something you post, you probably shouldn't post it. Is one post really worth your job?

These statistics from a study examining social media and its effect on getting hired proves that employers really do look at your social medias, and many of them have rejected a candidate because of something they found out about them online.

dig·i·tal foot·print

the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity.

This graphic contains a lot of useful information you can use to protect your digital footprint. It is very important that you don't overshare online, like the graph states. Things like your address and passwords are personal and should not be shared online. By following these steps you can become more safe online.


With social media being a prominent part of society today, your online reputation and digital footprint are things you have to be aware of. I hope you are now more informed on how to make smart choices online.


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