Blog: 6 Cardinal Rules to Social Media

 

6 Cardinal Rules to Social Media

By Saba Tshibaka, Arundel High School Senior

 

The Rules:

1.         Remember there is a real world outside of the internet

2.         Don’t say anything that you don’t mean

3.         Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t

4.         Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother or college admissions supervisor to read

5.         Remember, not everyone on the internet is your friend

6.         Remember PEOPLE WILL LIKE YOU FOR YOU

I’m Saba. I go to Arundel High in Gambrills, MD where I reside, as a senior.

To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about any of these things when I started my Twitter back in 2011. I don’t think any of my friends did either. One of things I regret most is joining social media. I know for a fact my grades would’ve prospered tremendously if I didn’t. But, this isn’t a sob story. This is about what my years on social media have taught me and how I can pass them on to other people for the better.

Reminder: You Can Learn Anything on the Internet

I’ve learned that the internet is such a great place and a terrible place at the same time. There’s a plethora of information you can get from Google on how to better your lifestyle with just a couple stroke of keys, but sadly, there are many more ways to waste time. One thing I’ve noticed that is very popular in this day and age is the putting down of others for ones self-enjoyment. Why this brings joy to some people? I have no idea. Maybe because it lets them take their mind off their own problems, who knows. But knowing that while other people are spending their precious time making someone else angry or upset, I’m progressing my life and probably uplifting someone else’s.

October is anti-bullying month. Be aware. Stand up to bullying.

Bul·ly·ing¹

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others.

Cy·ber·bul·ly·ing²

The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Cyberbullying is no joke and it’s seen in more subtle ways than you think. Any type of racial slur you see down your timeline is bullying. Any type of menacing words to someone through the internet, is bullying. MOST people aren’t bullies by nature, they start off just following someone else’s ways and they soon become worse than them. Don’t be that person. Some of the most revolutionary people were acknowledged primarily for their original crazy thoughts that nobody really wanted to hear. Remember, the internet is what you make of it, make a difference.

 

[1] Wikipedia. (2015). Bullying. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying

[2] Oxford University Press. (2015). Oxford Dictionaries. Cyberbullying. Retrieved from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/cyberbu...