The Internet is Forever

Heart Broken

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Last week, someone shared a series of articles that I don’t think I could have ever written.  You can read them here and here.  I am not going to comment on the topic itself. That is for the individual reading them to decide on.  I chose not to judge on the topic itself.

What I do want to talk about is this: the internet is like skin — it absorbs everything you put out on it and once it’s there, it’s there forever.  No matter what you say or do, it will never come off.  The good, the bad, the funny, the cruel.  Forever and ever, amen.

The Internet is also a tool not used solely by those who are kindhearted.  Those with ill intentions have as much access to it as those with good intentions.  People send viruses, hate mail, blackmail, unpleasant documents and videos, and many other horrible things through the Internet.  When you put something out there that is unkind or unpleasant, that unpleasantness is there forever.  There is no taking it back.

Someday, a little girl will get an email from someone with ill intentions.  Someday, a little girl will read words that she will not understand because they were not meant for her to read at that time.  Someday a mother will have to try to explain to her daughter something that she cannot accept.  Someday, a rift will be torn forever that never had to be.  It is sad and it is heartbreaking.

Oh friends, please remember, the Internet is forever.  You must be so careful with what you say and do. Your friends, your family, your children, your reputation or your career can all be ruined by a single cruel message or inappropriate post. The Internet is one of our greatest resources in modern times.  Bit it is a hot coal and will singe you if you are not cautious.

If you are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings to the posts I mentioned above, please also read Michele Auger’s post here.  There are some excellent resources.

Does the eternity of the Internet bother you?  Are you more conscience of what you say and do?  Tell me what you think!

3 thoughts on “The Internet is Forever

  1. This is something to think about, especially after my post last week. 🙂

    I’m one of four children, and it was always clear to us as kids who were the favorites/most loved of us. I am my Mom’s favorite, my sister is my Dad’s favorite.

    In all honesty, I think talking about this has more power to bridge the gap than not talking about it and pretending that we love everyone equally. We don’t. Each one of us is a different person and we love and feel differently about other people.

    I think acknowledgment of that and opening up to talk about that is much more powerful.

    1. I agree that it is something that needs to be discussed, as it is a situation that many parents find themselves in. My concern is the method in which this mother discussed her issues. Privacy is a personal matter, and in this case, her openness may come back to injure not just a relationship between herself and her children, but between the children themselves. I believe that your privacy is your own business, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your friends and family. It isn’t our place to invade our family’s privacy. That’s why I focused mainly on the eternity of the Internet. 🙂

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