Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Your digital footprint

As soon as you go online, you start creating a trail of information about yourself. 

Your digital footprint — especially what you say and do on social media — shapes what people will think of you, both now and in the future. Your kids might even look at it one day.

It can also affect what people think about your community too. That's why it's important to know what kind of trail you are leaving, and what the impact might be.

What is a digital footprint?

This clip explores what a digital footprint is within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context, and explains how to create a positive trail of information.

Video: Digital footprint

Discover how your posts and comments online create a trail of information called a digital footprint.

When things go wrong

A bad digital footprint can:

  • damage friendships
  • break relationships
  • hurt job chances
  • bring shame to your community
  • lead to fights between families and community.

Check out what happens to Ryan when he posts a video having a good time with his mates.

Video: Dumb stuff

Ryan and his mates are clowning around filming themselves doing dumb stuff but it soon creates a big mess!

How do I make a strong digital footprint?

You are in control of what you do online. Bring pride to what you say and do by being positive and respectful. It will help leave a stronger digital footprint. Remember, online business is everyone's business.

Worried about your digital footprint?

If you are under 25 you can have a web chat with Kids Helpline or make a free call to them on1800 55 1800.

You could also check out our page for young people about protecting your digital reputation.