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Back-to-school checklist: Clean up my digital life

Ever wonder what your online image says about you? Do you constantly “check in” on social media, take daily selfies, or post the latest images of your kids? In an era of seemingly non-stop online sharing of our thoughts, images, and experiences, it’s important to understand the lasting impact our digital actions have on us and those around us.

US households have an average of 5.7 devices for personal and professional use, according to a recent Microsoft study. As this interconnectivity continues to grow, it’s not surprising that people and organizations, including employers or college recruiters for example, turn to social networking sites as a way to help assess potential candidates. Our same research, however, found that only a small percentage of global respondents take key steps to help manage their online reputations:

  • 19 percent edited or deleted information to protect their online reputation;

  • 15 percent used search engines to monitor and manage their personal information online; and

  • 10 percent used a service to edit or delete information about themselves online

This tells me that as connected as we might be, we may not be doing all we can to manage our online personas. So, before kids, and even parents, educators, counselors, and coaches, head back to school, Microsoft wants each of us to make a personal commitment to #Do1Thing to set yourself up for digital success this school year. Visit Microsoft.com/SaferOnline to share your story and learn more about managing your digital life. On the interactive website, you can also:

  • Take our social personality quiz: Which social media cliché are you?  Find out if you’re #HashtagHyper, a Click-Collector, or a One-Upper. Do you know someone who fits each profile? I bet you do.

    • Share your results through social media for the chance to win a MS Nokia Lumia 2520 Red 10.1 Tablet with Windows RT 8.1(Verizon) in our #Do1ThingSweeps sweepstakes

  • Watch our catchy video: It’s your social personality! Share this light-hearted piece with your social circles and help friends and family understand the potential impact of their online behavior.

  • Finally, review each of our online reputation tips and enjoy the dog days of summer knowing you’ve completed your back-to-school checklist.

For more information about Microsoft’s work in Online Safety, visit our Safety & Security Center, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and look for my “point of view” following the #MSFTCOSO hashtag.

Join us on September 26 for a live online safety conversation via Twitter

September 7th, 2012 No comments

Are your kids going back to school with new mobile devices? Would you like tips to help protect them online as they settle into their school routine? Want to learn about trends in social media scams or a new approach to addressing online bullying? Or maybe you have your own specific online safety question. Join Microsoft Safer Online, Theresa Payton, former White House Chief Information Officer and cyber security expert, and America Now  during our live Twitter chat (#ANchat) on Wednesday, September 26. (See below for details.)

Participate for the chance to win one (1) of two (2) sweepstakes prize packages:

a collection of online safety materials to help educate yourself and others in your community

Eligible participants must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Read the Official Rules for complete details (Eligible winners in the U.S. Only).

Step 2: Register to attend the event via Eventbrite.

Step 3: Use your Twitter account and become a follower of @Safer_Online.

Step 4: On September 26, between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time / 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time, use your Twitter account to participate in the live online Twitter chat with the hashtag #ANchat.

Step 5: Answer all four questions posted from either @Safer_Online or @AmericaNowNews and identified as Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4.

Answers do not have to be correct to be eligible for entry, but your tweet responses must:

  • Include the #ANchat hashtag, and
  • Be relevant to the discussion topic and of clean language.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per question and Twitter handle.

For questions about the live Twitter chat or to submit an online safety topic, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

Happy tweeting from the team at Safer Online by Microsoft.

 

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