For more and more people one’s own reputation on the net is becoming essential. Negative information about themselves and their own names can quickly affect both professional and private life. Therefore, it is important to know what is published on the net about one’s own name. The first impression usually counts. In order to protect one’s own reputation it should be regularly checked what – e.g. potentially harmful – information about one’s own name is available on the net.
The Internet is still the digital Wild West and kids always manage to be in the thick of it. As more checks and balances become available to concerned parents, even more ways of sidestepping parental supervision are emerging. So, when your kid is immersed in X-box or Mine Craft live, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and who knows how many other social media platforms, as a parent you can start to feel helpless. This is why it’s becoming essential to use people search engines to find out who your kids are really talking to.
We all want to respect our children’s privacy; however, when kids generally can’t be trusted to make rational decisions when it comes to setting boundaries strangers online. Have them give you a list of the friends they play video games with, are following or are being followed by. If you are met with the usual resistance, then snooping may be the way to go. If you are privy to their password then log on and jot down all you can find. Ideally, you should insist that they provide you with their password and routinely check their activity. Be the boss here! Search their online history on your cell phone account (assuming they are on it) or contact the phone company to see if you can obtain URLs they may be routinely accessing. Searching their history folder can also help you to see where they have been and sometimes even who they’ve contacted.
Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appeared on the Today Show several days ago. Below you will find the video. On the show she gave some tips for protecting one’s reputation on the net. The opinion of a person that close to Facebook is certainly quite interesting. However, will these tips be suitable for someone who is not coincidentally the sister of one of the youngest billionaires in the world? See for yourself: