Your online reputation is the opinion or view that others have of you based on what you say and do online. Every time you post something online, whether sharing content, playing a game or simply visiting a website, you create something called a ‘digital footprint’.

What you need to know

Everyone who goes online has an online reputation. However, even if you never post information online other people may have posted photographs, videos or opinions of you. So you don't even have to have been on the internet before to have an online reputation.

It’s important to be proactive when managing your online reputation and understand the long term effects of what you share online. For children and young people learning the importance of creating a positive online reputation and challenging the temptation of misrepresenting themselves online can prevent any negative effect on their sense of self identify and their reputation.

Views from the experts

The impact of social media on self esteem and how to help

Stephanie Hoffman, Head of Social Action at ProMo-Cymru

Stephanie discusses the impact of social media on self-esteem. She highlights a number of calls by young people to the Meic helpline and how they were resolved.

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