Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Netiquette Dilemma

Shania and Markus had been good friends since they were very young.

They posted pictures on snapchat each night before they went to bed. They were always together during middle school. 

But by the time they reached high school, Shania wanted to date other guys and broke up with Markus.

Markus was angry with her and plastered her bedtime pictures all over social media.

Both teens felt victimized.

Sometimes young people don’t’ have the best judgment. Their brains are still maturing, and their social skills are, at times, lacking.

What do we do in situations like this? How should parents act? What about the teens involved? How do they handle this?

Rule #1.           Live by the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Rule #2.           Never post anything with friends that you wouldn’t want plastered everywhere.
Rule #3.           Open a discussion with your teens so they are aware of what could happen.

Share your stories here so that others might be aware of the pitfalls of social media.


  1. In today's environment this is a much needed post. You gave excellent suggestions for handling these kinds of situation. I love your knowledge and wisdom in helping others find solutions to difficutl situations.
    Parents and youth live in a difficult environment for sure.
    Thanks for this one; I will share it with my own family.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way dear friend!

  2. I agree with LeAnn. I hope all the parents in the family read this and use it for a discussion with the grandkids that have phones.