Monday, August 17, 2015

A personal code of ethics

A developing personal code of ethics for social media use:

My feed/my wall-my rules: 
I aim to promote respectful interaction on my wall and engage in respectful interaction elsewhere, even throughout strong disagreement, respecting other people's boundaries, cultures, and/or different values. 

Private messages are private disclaimer:
I endeavor to create a safe place for people to talk to me privately.  I do not permit people I feel unsafe with to bully me in private.  I may choose to publicly share private messages with names redacted if I deem the ideas presented or the kind of character represented is unhealthy or dangerous.  I aim to avoid commenting on pms publicly unless they are pertinent to a larger discussion, and if so mentioned I speak generally and endeavor to maintain confidentiality. 

Public behavior that harms people is to be exposed.
I will take screenshots to document harmful behavior or ideas and may even discuss the said but I will not engage in or with personal attacks on people created in the image of God.  

Context is important. 
I will not judge people on their image but on their interaction. 

Character matters. 
I will publicly apologize if I misrepresent someone or believe I have misunderstood their motivation.  I will refuse to repeat a resolved matter. 

Truth matters. 
I will not be bullied into apologizing for critique of groups or individuals who have no qualms smearing others for disagreeing with them, or who support a party line to the detriment of their integrity. 

Love is the rule. 
I will aim to treat others online as I wish to be treated, in the Spirit of Christ.  I will accept online relationships as fluid and stick with my idealism that people can change and we can be reconciled.  I will hold fast to my personal convictions and be open to constructive feedback. 

"Search me, oh God, and know my heart. Test me, and know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the Way everlasting." (From Psalm 139)

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