The next time you want to submit an update think before posting. Ask yourself these important questions.
- Is it true?
- Is it helpful?
- Is it inspiring?
- Is it necessary?
- Is it kind?
Think of this article as a public service announcement. Talk to your kids!
How many times have you heard about junior high or high school kids posting unkind words to Facebook or Twitter? Recently our youth group director asked me to come and come and speak about online etiquette. Specifically I was asked to emphasis how the words or images that you publish on the internet can come back to haunt you. It can happen in ways that you aren’t prepared for. Who are their updates seen by?
- Teachers and Coaches
- Local Police
- Prospective Employers
- Prospective Colleges
- Friends and Acquaintances
- Church leaders and other organization leaders or clubs.
Recently in our very small local town a student tweeted a threat to one of the local high schools. This particular student had set up an account using an image of another student. When that threat was published and sent out to the feed a chain reaction happened.
Students began taking screen shots of the tweet and posting it as an image to Instagram. This news spread quickly and our local police had the student in custody within hours after tracing the IP address.
This was taken seriously and addressed quickly. What will be the fate of that student? Regardless of the punishment this act will be with them for the remaining school years and most likely a police record. In addition how will this student be treated by other students?
The point is that one tweet will have a life time effect on many people. Please THINK before you post that update.
What have you seen in your community?