Being in lockdown has probably escalated the amount of time many of us spend on social media. In many respects the advent of Facebook, Twitter Instagram etc has made communication so much easier when people are apart.
However, being online is not always safe and not always healthy. In today’s Afternoon Tea discussion we talked about the different ways in which we can experience better “online health.” You can watch the discussion here.
Here are a few highlights
- We should work on the principle that we don’t say things that we would not say to another person’s face
- Remember that what you say online has permanence. People have thought that things said on twitter were long gone, even deleted only for screen shots to re-appear later
- At the same time be charitable. There is a big difference between deleting something offensive to avoid being caught out and deleting and rephrasing something you wish you had said better.
- Have integrity. Don’t hide behind alter-egos. Be who you are.
- Be aware of those who are there anonymously to stir things up. Psalm 1’s call to stay away from ungodliness is as true online as offline.
- Don’t bundle into the fights and arguments of others (Proverbs 26:17).
- Take breaks. You do not need to be available by phone or various apps all the time.