I realize this article has nothing really to do with the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre. I thought it was interesting and worth sharing with fellow Christians and non Christians alike.
This is only a small portion of an interview that I am sure you will find very interesting.
Cyber Bullying is a massive, worldwide problem that affects everyone.
We hear so much about teens and young people dying by suicide as a result of cyber bullying. One death is too many in my opinion! However, it is not only our young people. These cyber bully cowards are attacking anyone who is different, anyone whose views aren’t the same as theirs, anyone at all, for any reason at all. There are millions of cyber bullies, sadly some in our own community (GG), who hide behind a computer screen and post whatever they want in order to feed their own personal narratives. They do not care about the truth or learning the TRUE realities. They do not care about the hearts of the people who are being helped or the people who are offering help. They do not care who they hurt with their lies. This has to stop!!! How sad it is when a member of your community slanders, posts hate messages and threatens donors, staff and volunteers’ families when they have NEVER spoken to us or learned the truth. Feeding their own narrative INDEED! How sad!
We have created a society of which people are not accountable for their own actions. “It’s not my fault I was fired, my boss doesn’t like me!” Is it possible that the boss doesn’t like your lack of work ethic and sense of entitlement? Instead of looking into ourselves for the answers we will lash out and post harassing garbage about that boss and anyone that is on our mind at the moment because we can.
When we hear of an organization or a person who have different views, that perhaps we don’t know anything about, instead of finding out the facts, we post hateful, often slanderous accusations without any foundations for these formed opinions.
This society needs to stop posting just because we can. Stop posting just to get followers or reactions to your own untruths. Stop posting just because it makes us feel powerful and all knowing. We need to do research and be sure what we are posting is the truth and we need to be sure not to hurt each other if we share different views. We need to be responsible and care for one another, not tear each other down.
As the saying goes, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Stop cyber bullying!
See what former President Obama says in the following article. For the entire interview, check out :
from BBC article 27 December 2017
Former US President Barack Obama has urged people in leadership positions not to use social media in a way that fosters division or hatred.
In a BBC interview conducted by Britain's Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risked reinforcing people's prejudices and leading to a fractured society.
"All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet," Obama said. "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases," he said.
It is a challenge to make the most of the opportunities provided by social media.
"The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn't lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground," he said in the interview
Obama said it was important for people to get offline and meet others in their communities, "because the truth is that on the internet everything is simplified and when you meet people face to face it turns out they are complicated," he said.
"One of things we want to do I think is as we're working with young people to build up platforms for social change," he said. "Make sure that they don't think that just sending out a hashtag in and of itself is bringing about change. It can be a powerful way to raise awareness but then you have to get on the ground and actually do something."
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