Social Media -- It's Our Superpower
Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
I want to give you information and resources that will help you in the great task of guarding your child's heart.
Social Media - It's Our Superpower
Words matter. Proverbs 18:12 tells us that, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love to talk will reap its consequences." No place is the truth of this verse more evident than in social media.
Motivated at times by anonymity, people say things online line that they would never say face-to-face. We need to encourage our students to use words that build up. We also need to encourage them to use words to defend and protect those who are being mistreated online.
Megaphone to the World
By the time the ferry Krums was riding reached the shore, his tweet had been retweeted over a million times. When he reached shore, he was being contacted by news agencies from all over the world. That's the power of social media.
Over the weekend, Monica Foy learned the hard way about the power of the social media. She's the college student who tweeted incredibly offensive comments about slain Texas deputy Darren Goforth. When her tweet received negative press, Foy quickly deleted the post, but not before screenshots of the tweet were taken and shared with the world. Monica Foy learned the hard consequence of being reckless with the power of social media. Going forward, every perspective employer will find this story through a simple Google search of Foy's name every time she applies for a job.
We have to teach our kids that digital is different. The consequences of poor decisions online can have lasting consequences.
If your son or daughter is on Instagram, I would encourage you to make their account private. Making an account private means that strangers don't have access to your child's pictures. It's a creepy reality that there are people in the world who troll social media sites collecting images of random children. Don't give them free access to your child.