This is the world we live in, it’s not enough to not be online and, therefore, have no risk of embarrassment. Not being online is kind of suspicious in itself, and people are looking:
While digital footprints are considered to be a liability, if managed well they can be an asset. Digital footprints can showcase identity, skills and interests. This is important in an era where employers “google” candidates to check their identity and verify their suitability. In this context, having no digital footprint can be as much of a disadvantage as having a poorly managed one.
In 2018 not having a digital footprint may mean that you simply aren’t up to date with technology, and that’s a huge disadvantage in some circles. By the time kids get to applying for colleges, or looking for jobs, how poorly will it reflect on them to be so out of touch with the digital world?
So yeah, safety and privacy are hugely important, but so is not being invisible.