Facebook is a great place to keep up to date with family and friends, sharing photos, interesting articles and important information. However, Facebook can also be a place where people gossip about others, voice their anger and show inappropriate photos. For myself, I keep a minimum of ‘friends’ and also ‘like’ a few pages with content that doesn’t need a rating to be seen by all ages. Yet even though I limit my account, I still get information that I really don’t want to see.
A couple of days ago I watched a FB video that was done by a family member and it was the last straw for me. I’ve seen enough sexual content, violence, rude pictures and coarse language. I can just go anywhere in public and see enough of those things. So I’ve closed my account until I decided whether or not to cancel it permanently.
People should be careful what they post on Facebook because it shows something about their character. Everything we say and do is observed by others and it speaks volumes about who we are. Making poor choices in posting inappropriate photos or saying rude comments at the expense of other people, will show that we are very selfish and don’t care if we hurt someone else. Creating videos that can harm ourselves and be a poor example to other people will show that we lack responsibility and maturity.
We should always try to be a good example to others so we can influence them in a positive way, especially our children. It doesn’t matter if you are in a public place surrounded by lots of people or sitting alone at your computer, people can be influenced by your words and actions. Think carefully before you speak, write or take action. Once words are released, they can’t be taken back. Some things may seem like a good idea at the time or be funny in the moment, but several weeks, months or years down the road, you may not look at the situation in the same way. Make sure you are saying and doing something that is of value and not something that can cause harm to yourself or other people.