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Be mindful of your tweets

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With the invention of Twitter, this new technology has let everyone be able to express their opinions in real time to many people around the world. Your children may be participating in Twitter as followers to their favorite celebrities. Or they may be using it as a promotional tool for their craft. Whatever the reason, they will be providing some sort of commentary. There could be times they believe they can say whatever they want without repercussions. Maybe they think with the shock value they may stir up more followers. What harm could a mean spirited tweet do?
This would be a good time to remind them of a recent story in the news as a cautionary tale:
Justine Sacco was a public relations executive for a high profile company InterActive Corp when she decided to tweet something before she boarded a plane bound for South Africa. However, what she tweeted was met with anger and outrage to other Twitter followers. By the time she was in the air, her shocking tweet had spread throughout Twitter. In a mere 12 hours, the reaction was explosive. Her tweet got back to her company and she was immediately fired before she landed at her destination. As the story progressed, her father weighed in, expressing his huge disappointment.
A good rule of thumb is if a tweet was said verbally to someone face to face, what would the person’s reaction be? Would they smile or look offended? If it’s the latter, then don’t send something like that out for all to see.
There can be a false sense of anonymity with Twitter, since some people don’t use their picture in their profile. You need to remind your children that they are still communicating with people and people do have feelings. There's a reason why the first word is social in social media. In the end, your children would prefer that you chide them in private rather than have you scold them publicly.



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