You are growing up at an incredible time where you can be connected online to people all over the world.
My friend and colleague, Emily Pendell, says,
"Kids shouldn't fall into their online identities,
they should construct them."
What that means is that you develop an online persona that is instant and permanent.
Even things that have been deleted
actually still exist somewhere. Choose wisely how you want to represent yourself online.
Make sure that you think carefully about what you post before you post it.
Did you know that many colleges and employers are checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites before accepting or hiring their applicants?
Be a good digital citizen.
Do you know what an internet troll is?
This website talks about trolling.
What is it and how can you protect yourself from trolls?
The video below is Shane Koycan's artistic representation of what trolls are and the damage they can cause.
I'm a fan of Shane's work. He also created To This Day. Watch it here.