It's only 140 characters but it can have a major impact on a person's life.
Words, keystrokes and a click of a mouse or keypad and you can literally build a person up or break them down.
Recently a group of teachers got together to share what their students have been posting about them on Twitter.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. - Wikipedia
Like Facebook, teens love this social networking site for communicating with others, sharing their feelings and expressing their individuality.
It is a quick way to immediately send messages and nearly impossible to retrieve.
What does this mean? If you are not in the habit of thinking before you post, you should probably not engage on Twitter unless you have neutral or kind things to say.
In the video, although humor can be seen in parts of it, there is a strong undertone of mean Tweets. It is clear many of these Tweets were not sent with kindness in mind. Do students believe that teachers don't have feelings?
Digital citizenship is a priority. These teens are in high school taunting their teachers. What to they think their potential colleges or employer's will think of them?
Your digital footprint follows you forever. There is no rewind online. When you post your humorous comment for your fifteen minutes of laughter, think of it as the next fifteen years on your digital resume. Is it really worth it?
It may sound extreme, maybe it is. However when it comes to virtual reality, you will never get a second chance for a first impression - digitally. The day of paper-resumes are in the past for the next generation.
Think before you post, yes, it's cliché, but worth repeating.