Etiquettes in social media

Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. Whatsapp.

It’s now part of our everyday life to be involved in these medium of communication nowadays. Stories and information can be released to so many people within minutes, within seconds even! You would think there would be an unspoken rule that people understand to abide by. Like you just dont go out without your trousers and underwear (unless its a nude beach ha). Or you dont shout profanities to someone walking across the street. Sadly though people seem to think that talking through your phone or laptop does not equate similarly to talking to someone face to face.

Here’s a few of my bugbears on social media:

1. If you dont know the truth about it, if you are doubting its authenticity but just passing on information ‘just in case’, DO NOT pass on information.

There are so many medically related articles with errors or biased writing that are passed on. Like you can stop a heart attack by pressing on your chest or something ridiculous like that. Or passing on stories that you dont even know its true. Putting on pictures of someone who MAY have committed a crime.

Firstly, you are endangering others by passing false information. Research things first. Secondly, sharing false stories is fitnah, an act that we as muslims are strongly against. We are shaming someone who probably has done nothing wrong!

2. If you want to say something, criticise someone, imagine saying it to their face. If you dont have the balls to do it to their face, dont say it. This is how online bullying starts. There is a face and heart behind that facebook/instagram profile. It’s so easy to demean and degrade someone with a few clicks of our keyboard, and yet we dont stop to think that person is human too.

من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

But you know, it came to my realisation that silence at all times is not exactly a virtue either. Positive voices drown out the negative ones. When people are saying bad things, isnt it nice for the person to know that there is someone out there backing them. I’m sure there are a lot of kids who have gone through online bullying and there are others against it but wouldnt speak up.

A reminder to myself first and foremost. And one I hope I can teach my kids.

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