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iKeepSafe and Harvard Berkman Center Release Privacy Curriculum

Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Today’s youth are increasingly living their lives online. What happens offline is reflected in the digital world, and vice-versa. Because our culture is becoming more and more digital, it is increasingly impossible to avoid participation in the digital environment. In the same way that it is essential…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News, Privacy, Relationships, Reputation

Twelve Ways Students Can Enhance Their Online Reputations

Students’ net reputation is their image on the internet. Here are twelve easy ways they can enhance their net reputation and ensure their virtual self reflects positively on all that they do. How young people develop a net reputation and why it’s important If students have a Facebook profile, tweet, blog, or post comments online,…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Your Online Reputation

Have you ever typed your name into a search engine, curious of what the internet has to say about you? For those of us who have googled ourselves, many have been surprised at just how intimately knowledgeable the web is—“4th grade geography bee champion? How did they know that!” For Milorad Trkulja, he learned the…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation, Videos

Think Before You Post, a Lesson in Online Reputation

To post or not to post, that is the question. “Think before you post,” or “Don’t post something that you would not want your grandmother to read, “are phrases that every individual should consider before sharing information. Everything that an individual does online stays online. Youth need to understand the importance of establishing a good…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

A Lesson in CRAP Detection

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Just consider two recent events in the news: Young girls, unable to recognize an online hoax called #CutForBieber, upload bloody photos of self-inflicted wounds to Twitter to show their concern for Justin Bieber’s alleged marijuana use. Meanwhile, 21-year old Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o falls for and…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Reputation

Digital Tattoos: Make Sure They’re Good Ones

I have often observed that the concept of digital tattoos, or “what you post can’t be taken back” seems to be lost on almost everyone, not just kids. For almost seven years now, I have talked to students, parents and professionals about responsible online posting. While my presentations are constantly changing to keep up with…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Teens benefit when they invest in their online reputations

Some of the hype creating fear among teens that digital footprints imperil scholarship and job prospects is overblown. provides students a resource that helps enhance their online reputations. It seems as if there are an increasing number of headlines warning about employers asking job seekers for Facebook passwords and that more colleges and employers…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Reputation

A Lesson on FakeBook

Who am I? That’s a question young people have pondered throughout the ages. After all, adolescence has long been a time for teens to experiment with different personas, both to the shock and delight of their parents and friends. Today, however, this process of discovering oneself by constructing a self-presentation and then sharing it with…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Reputation

Not So Fast

According to a December 2011, New York Times article,  the sending of sexual images by minors isn’t as prevalent as expected. The assertion is based on a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics where 1,560 children were telephonically interviewed. Of course, there is reason to be hopeful, as it is good news to learn…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Reputation

Facebook to give young children access

On June 4th, the Wall Street Journal said that Facebook is looking at methods to give younger children access to Facebook accounts. Because of federal law, children under the age of 13 have previously been unable to use the popular social networking site. Although it is illegal, many children still create pages with or without…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation, Social Networking

Responsible Connections:

Recently, the very affluent community of Clayton, Missouri made national news when Clayton High Principal Louise Losos created a fictitious Facebook page and friended students and parents. After the page was discovered—and erupted into controversy—Principal Losos resigned. I know this suburban St. Louis community very well.  When I was Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Reputation, Social Networking

Your Digital Footprint

Understanding how to manage your online reputation or “digital footprint” is tricky business, even for those of us who have been using the internet for a long time. Almost everyone at one time or another has been guilty of sharing too much information or posting a photo that later makes us cringe. To complicate matters…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Reputation

What’s Your Story 2012 Video Contest

Trend Micro launched their third annual “What’s Your Story?” contest last week. This international, user-generated video contest addresses three very timely issues of online safety and empowers youth to educate others about staying safe on the web. “What’s Your Story?” challenges anyone 13 and older to create and submit a video that educates their peers…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Reputation, Videos

Digital Literacy Tour Stops in Pittsburgh, PA

iKeepSafe and Google’s Digital Literacy Tour made another stop yesterday in Pittsburgh, PA. iKeepSafe CEO & President, Marsali Hancock, along with James Hancock, Director of Web Strategy, and Shannon Seeger, Program Associate, conducted three events at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies specifically for high school teachers, middle school teachers, and parents. One of…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Reputation, Videos

Digital Popularity

When we think of being popular, we typically imagine the sharp looking person, dressed in the latest styles, perfect hair, great posture, and an entourage of friends (or wannabes) moving through a crowd. Of course, the crowd of onlookers is likely whispering their distaste for the shining star—secretly wishing  they could enjoy such popularity. I…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Reputation

Philanthropy: Be Good For Goodness Sake!

Educators, do your students know where they can search for ways to contribute or for a cause to become involved with? Parents, do your kids understand that the actions they take today create who they will be and how they will think of themselves tomorrow? This week, iKeepCurrent’s curriculum —complete with lessons, learning activities, professional…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Reputation, Videos

How to Help Your Child Manage a Positive Online Reputation

We’re living digitized lives these days. Everything we say and do is captured, uploaded and archived across a number of connected devices. That means that the video of you doing the electric slide in a banana suit at Aunt Marie’s 50th birthday party has a potential shelf life of forever once it has been uploaded…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Reputation

Microsoft Releases New Digital Citizenship Whitepaper and Reputation Guide

Your digital reputation matters. If you don’t believe me, consider that 79 percent of U.S. hiring managers and job recruiters routinely review online reputational information when reviewing job applicants. The internet is a public place where almost anyone can find the information you have posted about yourself—and what anyone else has posted about you. Despite…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

How Employers are Using Social Media in Background Checks

Whether it’s the teacher who was fired for her MySpace profile or the woman that lost her sick leave benefits over a Facebook photo, there are numerous documented cases of social media affecting people’s professional lives. But did you know that inappropriate social networking can cause problems before you even start your career? More and…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Good Reason to Worry About Social Media and School Staff

By Charles P.E. Leitch Charles P.E. Leitch is a founding principal of Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, Inc., P.S. Mr. Leitch also provides counsel on prevention and response to harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) in personal and electronic form, effective supervision of technology/social media in workplace and educational settings, and technology privacy issues.I will start…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Reputation, Social Networking

What To Do If Your Child Has An Inappropriate Video On YouTube

By Emily Ensign The classroom fights that broke out at Seagovill High School (Dallas) surprised parents. But even more surprising to parents was that within the week, videos of the fights aired on YouTube. “You hear of things like that happening in school, but when you actually see it visually, especially as a parent, it…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Facebook’s Many Facets

By Belinha S. De Abreu, PhD. Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a media literacy educator and an assistant teaching professor at Drexel University. Her research interests include media literacy education, new media, visual and information literacy, global perspectives, critical thinking, teacher training, and the impact of learning as a result of media and technology…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation, Social Networking

“Little Red Riding Mood” Teaches Kids Responsible Facebook Surfing

By Yang Tal Yang Tal is a community manager for, a company offering applications and services for Facebook. For a child growing up today, there are plenty of new playgrounds to enter as soon as they open a computer. Real world playgrounds have a very specific design to them. Sure, there are many variations…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Reputation, Videos

Protecting Your Data and Reputation on Social Networking Websites

Image Credit: Mikey Ottawa By Rob Frappier Rob Frappier is Community Manager for, a business specializing in personal privacy and online reputation management services In many ways, social media is the most important technological development of the last decade. Facebook has helped long-lost friends reconnect and families stay in touch more easily. Similarly,…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

iKeepSafe celebrates Safer Internet Day

IKSC Participates in Safer Internet Day   By Emily EnsignHappy Safer Internet Day! Each year, Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the globe on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year—which means February 8 for 2011. Today, and throughout the rest of February, hundreds of events are organized…Continue Reading

Categories: iKeepSafe News, Reputation

BBC Video About E-Impersonation Laws

More News Considering the  Recently Passed Impersonation Laws A few days ago, we posted about the recently passed California laws that make e-impersonation illegal. Since then, we have learned of an interview CEO Michael Fertik did with BBC on this topic in August of 2010.    During this interview, Michael Fertik argues that, “E-impersonation…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Reputation

Positive Online Reputation Essential for Future Success

Use 3 KEEPs® of Internet Safety to Help Children in Online World A successful life is the result of a myriad of wise decisions, and nowhere is this more true than in our online lives. Whether we publish personal information on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or other websites, this information shapes our reputation among family, friends, coworkers…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

ReputationDefender Featured in Newsweek

Two Articles About Consumer Privacy Our friends at ReputationDefender recently had two articles about consumer privacy published in Newsweek. ReputationDefender founder and CEO Michael Fertik authored 10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online. Here’s his list: Block cookies on your web browser. Don’t put your full birth date on your social-networking profile. Don’t download Facebook…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

New: ‘A Student’s Guide to Personal Publishing’

Photo credit: mediamolecule via Flickr. See CC license. Help Kids Understand Consequences of Online Actions It can be a challenge to talk with your kids about the content they post online — especially if you don’t feel like a computer-savvy parent or teacher. However, a new document from Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja can…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Some Employers, Colleges Asking Applicants to Pull Up Facebook During the Interview

  Know What You Can do to Create a Positive Online Reputation During a National Data Privacy Day event yesterday, ReputationDefender CEO Michael Fertik said his company has seen an increasing trend: Candidates for a new job or college acceptance are being asked to pull up their Facebook page during the interview. This is consistent…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Microsoft Study Shows Real Impact Online Reputation Has on Job Opportunities

Recruiters Can Anonymously Find Out About Age, Religion, Health History, Etc. Make no mistake about it: Your online reputation matters. Microsoft released a key study today from Cross-Tab that shows employers and HR professionals are searching for information about prospective employees online to help make a hiring decision. This study surveyed consumers, HR professionals, recruiters…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

ReputationDefender CEO has Excellent Ideas to Protect Online Reputation

Online Reputation Critical in Time of Mass Connected Technology Last month asked ReputationDefender CEO Michael Fertik for tips on how we can protect our online reputation. Michael’s list, which is provided below, is very thorough and warrants our full recommendation: Accept the Internet. Claim your name on as many Web sites as you can.…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation

Reputation Defender & iKeepSafe Help Kids Manage Their Digital Footprint.

Provide Online Reputation Resources to Guidance Counselors, Educators, and Parents iKeepSafe has been working with Reputation Defender to help provide materials to parents, educators, and guidance counselors to teach specifically about managing children’s online reputation. A child’s digital footprint not only affects their own future opportunities, but their parents’ and siblings’ as well (see Cynthia…Continue Reading

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