Digital footprints matter

Either way, kids will have to learn that their digital footprint is born from the moment they start posting on each other’s walls and create their first online avatar. They’ll have to figure out that every YouTube video they upload will be a reflection of themselves as the public sees them. With guidance from parents and educators, they can figure out what the world knows about them via mindshift.kqed.org

This quote comes from an excellent article from on the Mind/Shift blog .

Facebook and social networks aren’t going away anytime soon, and the better parents understand this, the better they’ll be able to help their kids understand it too.

The irony here is that the fear doesn’t come from the traditional “stranger danger” but from how kids behave towards each other online.

Read the entire article here.

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