Behind the computer screen, it can seem easy for anyone to simply type whatever is on his or her mind.
There are no buts, ands or questions about it. With a few strokes of a keyboard, we can leave comments that damage or uplift people close to us and throughout the world. The sad part is that we have become so numb to what we say, because we feel that the computer can hide it all. We believe it can hide the impact of the negativity we are putting into the world.
The reality is, every single word we say has an impact on someone’s life. It can make or break someone’s life. I wholeheartedly believe that the younger we teach teens the importance of how and when to comment, the more likely we will live in a civil world – a world in which people will gain humanity and perspective as to how their thoughts and words can impact someone’s life.
On that note, here are five truths we all should embrace when it comes to teaching our teens how and when to comment:
By embracing these truths, not only will we have more humane teenagers, but we will also have a more positive society. We each play a role in the condition of our world and what’s happening online: Let’s begin by really helping our teens realize this. Let’s also help them positively change the world by deeply thinking about their words and actions, each time they comment online.
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