Spring Cleaning: Your Online Persona

Today, most teens have their own Facebook profile, or at least an e-mail account. Neither are bad within themselves, but often they encourage sin in our lives. Here are a few tips on cleaning out your Facebook (or e-mail) profile.

#1: Delete.  I’m sure a lot of you are already aware of this, but it’s super dangerous to contact anyone you don’t know. Go through your list of friends or contacts and get rid of everyone you don’t know. While you’re at it, get rid of people who have a bad influence are you. Is there anyone who often posts statuses full of bad language? Anyone who posts suggestive pictures? Anyone who leaves nasty or inappropriate comments on your wall? I have one word for people like that: delete. You don’t need unhealthy images, words, and thoughts running through your brain.

#2: Be Yourself. When you’re online, it’s easy to become someone else. It’s easy to say things you wouldn’t say in person. It’s easy to write things you would/should only tell a friend. To make sure this doesn’t happen, always ask yourself this question before saying anything: would I say this if I was talking with this person face-to-face? If the answer is no, don’t say it. Often, I regret things I write on Facebook and e-mails after I write them.  I’ve never written anything really bad, but I know that I wouldn’t say that in real life and it just feels funny. You don’t want to be that person with a personality for each setting, do you? I wouldn’t think so. So before you write, think.

#3: Clean Up Your Act. Take a look at your Facebook profile (or past e-mails). Does what you see glorify God? Use this verse as your guide for what you put on the internet:

“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:3-5b) 

If you have any wall posts, pictures, information or anything else that does not follow this verse, go back to step one and delete, delete, delete!

Happy Cleaning!

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