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Even if you don’t have any social media accounts, you should search for yourself on popular sites to look for any posts about you and fake accounts in your name. If you find anything, ask the person to remove it if you know them or you can report it to have it removed.

Regularly check, review and tidy your online presence and make sure you are presenting yourself in a positive light. Information about you, including images, should be positive and professional.

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Action: Make a list of the sites on which you have (or have ever had) a profile. It might be quite a long list, from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, to photo sharing sites such as Instagram and Flickr and music/video sites such as YouTube and Spotify. You may also have profiles on sites relating to your interests; special interest groups from gaming to bellringing to reading to film have social networking sites! You may not have realised that sites such as Goodreads and IMDb have social networking elements.

Action: Review your posts, comments and messages on these sites.
As you do this, make a list of the things that promote your positive attributes; perhaps you are active, creative, friendly and committed; perhaps you play the guitar, captain a basketball team or organise sponsored events. Any of these or similar activities demonstrate that you are socially and intellectually engaged and have additional skills that could enrich an educational setting. These are aspects to emphasise in your posts on these sites in the future as they present you in a positive light.

Even if you don’t have any social media accounts, you should search for yourself on popular sites to look for any posts about you and fake accounts in your name. If you find anything, ask the person to remove it if you know them or you can report it to have it removed.

Consider whether any posts, images and comments may appear unprofessional; try to view them from the point of view of a parent or headteacher. Perhaps they are obviously controversial, overly negative or use language that some people may find offensive. Avoid extremist views (even if they are republished from another source), revealing clothing and antisocial behaviour. You should remove these and avoid this type of post in future. It can be a fine line between ‘sensible use’ and censorship and some compromise may be necessary. You may have strongly held beliefs, feelings and political views, but remember that not everyone will share these.

It’s probably best to avoid these kinds of posts unless you are 100% certain that you’re happy to stand by them in public and are happy for future employers, colleagues, pupils and their families to read them.

Action: Remove any inappropriate posts, images or tags. For advice on how to report inappropriate material about you posted by others, click on the name of the site below:

Other sites will provide instructions on how to report/remove material.

Lucy was checking through her old photos on Instagram and found one that she’d rather not share with pupils and colleagues.

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