In today’s age of social media paparazzi where everyone wants to tell the entire world about their whereabouts, their opinions and their choices; it becomes mandatory that we as civil citizens of this country carry on our shoulders an extra responsibility. An added responsibility of using social media in a civil manner and being cognizant of how our each word on social media can affect numerous lives.
During the last few years when Facebook and Whatsapp have taken over our lives, there have been instances where we were misled and did something which we shouldn’t have done. Here are a few examples by which we can try being cognizant citizens and use social media judiciously.
Crucifying Someone on Social Media
Recently there was a story about a young woman who shared the picture of a young guy on a bike and the Facebook post stated that this guy harassed the young woman and she needs help in attaining justice. The post urged to share this picture and thus help in getting the culprit arrested. And the result? Millions of people shared the picture of this guy.
Did we think even for a moment about checking the facts about this case? Did a thought ever occur to us that this is just one side of the story and we cannot deduce conclusions based on just a hearsay? Did we even think twice before hitting the ‘share’ button?
No, we didn’t. We just got pulled in the wave and shared the post and felt happy that we did our bit in helping the society be a better place. The thread of events that happened after this is history and hopefully we have learnt our lesson well.
Please do not circulate anything on social media if you cannot guarantee the authenticity.
The New Fighting Tool called ‘Trolling’
Yes, ‘trolling’ is the new hand gun in the hands of online users. People who cannot say something to someone on their faces prefer to say these things in hidden anonymous posts. We see rude comments, abusive remarks and sometimes even threats are made online. What does this talk about our society? So are we really progressing towards growth with social media or are we just going backwards?
Let us work towards keeping the cyber space clean.
Do not say something on social media which you would not say to a person in real life face to face.
The New Bully in Town: Cyberbully
There have been so many heart wrenching stories of kids committing suicide. It is not just limited to kids, even adults are falling prey to cyberbullying. Be aware and understand what cyberbullying encompasses. Cyberbullying can include saying mean words to someone online, sending threats online, spreading rumors about someone online, creating fake profiles and thereby hampering someone’s image online etc. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, be aware of The Information Technology Act, 2000 and its amendments.
Let us be a little more human and stop bullying others online. Let us help those who have been victims of cyberbullying to gain back their confidence.
With social media comes extra responsibility on each one of us. Let us not get carried away with all the freedom social media provides us. Let us not forget that with freedom comes duties and responsibilities.