Keep It Kind Online
The internet is a wonderful place, full of information and people to chat to about everything. And I do mean everything.
When I had my children, the internet helped me connect with people and feel so much less alone.
However, because it’s so anonymous, things are getting out of hand; on both sides. We all need a bit of a reality check from time-to-time when it comes to the internet.
Words can hurt people. Written words can be interpreted in so many different ways – and WRITTEN in so many different ways.
If you’re having a bad day it’s easy to just be crass with your words and not give a sh*t about what people think. It’s also easy to be having a bad day and read a seemingly innocent comment and take it the wrong way.
Without seeing a person face to face and hearing how they’re saying it, a lot is “lost in translation” or so-to-speak.
Today is Keep It Kind Online day here in New Zealand – organised by Jenn and Christina. Two women passionate about keeping the online community a safer place for us all.
As we spend more of our lives online there seems to be an increasing gap between our online behaviour and our real life behaviour. The internet can be a place where we are less inhibited than when we are face to face with people in real life. Sometimes this is great and allows us to explore things we might otherwise not talk about. But unfortunately for a small minority of internet users this lack of inhibition means that they can comment with vitriol, make personal attacks, offend and hurt people with the things they say.
Keep It Kind Online is about sharing the message that this sort of commenting is offensive and should not be tolerated.
Today I would love you to help do you part in keeping kind online by pledging “ comment with care and to challenge online nastiness when I see it.”
Not only to be take care in what you’re writing, but also be careful in how you interpret it.
Protect yourself – take a step back from the computer and have a cuppa before trying to analyse a comment.
I am notorious for just reading something and getting riled up because I’ve read it the wrong way. Because I’m having a sh*tty day and my emotions are already all over the show.
If you’d like to show your support of this online campaign, please do your best with your words online. AND if you would like to take it a step further, update your profile photo on Facebook to reflect that you won’t stand for nastiness online – click HERE to change this: simply search for “Keep It Kind” to find the applicable overlay.
Thank you for taking time to read this. And thank you for doing your part online to keep the community a kinder place.
Remember: everyone has crappy days. Everyone reads and writes things differently, and because it’s online it can be taken so many different ways.
Take a step back and think before responding … “Would you say it to their face”?