No one wants to be a victim of internet bullying. So often before we post a picture, we stare at it for a good ten minutes to make sure it’s okay.
We worry about what other people might say or whether or not the Facebook reaction will be a heart. We’ve all been there. Here are a few key things I keep in mind to keep a positive mind in the face of internet trolls:
1. Love Your Haters!
If Jesus walked the earth today, he would 100% be on social media because it’s one of the best ways to spread the Word and promote goodwill among people. I find when I ask myself “What would Jesus do?” and post things on social media from that perspective the positive comments by far out way the negative feedback. Negative comments come from people who are hurting and in pain themselves – it’s not personal, so offer a kind word in return.
“Use Your God Given Gifts To Serve Others” – 1st Peter 4:10
2. Don’t Go Low – Go High!
If something you’ve encountered on Facebook is really bothering you, tell a friend. We have heard far too many cases covered in the media where young adults have struggled to cope with internet bullying. The best way to overcome the stigma is to talk about things openly and honestly.
Sometimes, tag a good friend in for their perspective, helps you too calm down and accurately assess things for what they really are. As a parent, it’s important to talk to your kids about internet bullying to foster an environment where they can share their feelings openly.
“Walk with the Wise and become Wise, for a a Companion of Fools Suffers Harm” – Proverbs 13:20
3. Church & State – Group your friends on Facebook and for Instagram and Twitter set up personal and professional accounts.
I’m not a digital native. I’m a baby boomer turned blogger, so, for me, the pitfalls of social media are trial by fire. When I realized that I could group my friends on Facebook, I was absolutely thrilled. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this, Facebook has a feature that allows you to group your friends and determine which groups see which posts. Sometimes when your friends with people from work or a public figure like me, it’s not a good idea for your co-workers or everyone on social media to know everything about you even when it comes to your professional life.
We’ve all heard the horror stories in the lunchroom about the girl who posted about her latest professional award or achievement and everyone started buzzing in the office. Keep it simple on Facebook and be cautious of what you post. Setting up these parameters on Instagram and Twitter might be a little tough, so I recommend setting up a professional account and a personal accounts, which I generally keep private. It’s a good lesson for our millennial kids to stay cautious and woke on social media because your academic and professional career can rest on the digital portrait they’re painting everyday.
“Train Up A Child In The Way That They Should Go; Eve When They Are Old They Will Not Depart From It” – Proverbs 22:6
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