1. When you think of a sarcastic remark as the perfect response to an online comment, wait. Don’t do it. Sarcasm sounds mean online. No one hears your tone or sees your face.
2. Cussing shows you lack verbal (or written skills). It also seems like you’re trying too hard to look tough. Get real.
3. Make plus statements. Tell others how you value them, they need to hear it just like you do.
4. Naked or skimpy photos? If it shows up in my Facebook feed, it gets cut.
5. When you quote someone else, realize you’re saying you agree. Is that what you meant to say?
6. If someone really is your friend, and they make sad comments, show you care don’t ignore.
7. Take the trouble or fight offline. When it’s real, it’s not everyone else’s business.
8. Heads up, if you proclaim faith in Christ, people are watching. They want to see His reality in your life. Internet comments never disappear.
9. Online fights never work, both sides look mean. Don’t engage in tantrums.
10. Be a voice of compassion.
11. Parents, kids are still kids and they need you to watch their back (even online). Be their friend or follower on whatever media they use. Then, you can help when they go astray. (Notice, I didn’t say “if.”)
12. Be sure to walk away from the computer (or iPad, tablet or phone). It’ll give you time for perspective.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to behave well online? Share them with us.