Have you ever asked yourself how your online behavior is affecting the people who follow you?
Individuals, businesses, nations, countries are now becoming dependent on technology to hire people, increase productivity, and increase their reach in delivering the products and services by the use of social media. The Philippines alone now has 67 million Internet users, with all of them active on social media. How is your online behavior?
Almost every one all over the world have their own accounts now and the freedom to post whatever they choose to, view and follow whoever they want to, like or share whatever they can relate to. As individuals, I believe it is important for each one of us to self manage. Probably think about how ones post could affect someone who is following you – a kid, a teen, a depressed individual perhaps?
People now have a habit of behaving differently online than they do in person. It is their right to do so, but wouldn’t it be a much better world if you were the person carrying the inspiration? The reason one doesn’t feel bad that much because they read your post while they’re undergoing death in the family, probably heartbreak, or they just knew they’ve got few weeks or months left to live?
Yes, the large audience is invisible. You can hide behind the screen. Say what you want to. Not everyone gets your sense of humor or can realize when you are being sarcastic. I believe self-managing online behavior is really important. It reflects who you are as well as reflect the best version of you and your humanity.
Once you post, you lose control of what happens to it – it only takes one friend to share it to their profile and it can be visible to all their followers who may judge you without actually knowing you or the reasons for your post. As an individual, group, or company – kids, teens, young men and women, even adults who follow you – would they be inspired? Or will you be teaching them something else? Will your future school or employer like what they see? Is it an actual fact or something libelous?
Let’s all think before we post or share.
There are a lot more concerns with regards to Internet and social media usage. Follow the hashtag #makeITsafePH to learn more about Globe Telecom’s cybersecurity and cyberwellness campaign to educate consumers about online threats and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. The campaign also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of such deplorable behavior.