A few days ago , I happen to sit in on a presentation for middle school students on digital citizenship . I personally learned a lot from this presentation. Footprints. That is what we leave when we post online. Be it Facebook, Instagram, twitter. Whatever you post is out on the internet for all to see. Even in closed groups or private status, people take screen shots and pass it all around.
This workshop couldn’t have come at a better time, As this week I have become a personal target for a group of people on line. It is rather shocking to see lies and hateful comments made by people who don’t even know me. People twisting comments made in my group and making them sound different then intended just to cause drama, perhaps to suit their own cause. It’s one thing to bash a group’s philosophy but when you start mentioning names the attack becomes personal and when it doesn’t stop it becomes harassment. I have also seen people attack people in my group for difference of opinion. So I think its all over.
I am seeing a trend, maybe its the election and everyone wants to fight, but right now people in these groups, including mine are down right nasty. A person can not post an opinion or view point without it becoming victim to a nasty attack. Either bashing the person for their own views, or making them doubt their own allergist because its not in line with your own allergist and causing doubt in a already vulnerable person. I have seen so much nastiness online during the last week its truly frighting.
Now back to digital citizenship. To the people doing the attacking and to the people not only allowing it but encouraging it, I ask do these people care that people can see what they are writing? I mean anyone can see it even though the group is private . People are taking screenshots and sending them to others. Do these people want their kids to see this is how they act? maybe? Do they want potential future employers to see who that act? I don’t know maybe they don’t care. Why are so people so passionate about telling others what is right or wrong for people they never even met.
What I do know is that this game people are playing is a bad one. Teens have committed suicide of this type of behavior. I never understood why before, but seeing my own feelings as I read this stuff, I can understand it better now. You are helpless, and you can’t erase what is being said In some cases you are made to feel like a bad parent or person.Parents of food allergic kids are stressed enough let alone being attacked over view points and choices.
I am writing this to ask all us food allergy parents, next time you want to attack someone online for having a different opinion,as your self is this how you want the world to see you? would you say this in person? if not don’t hit enter.