Social Media Etiquette
by Abby Dominiak and Abbie Alfree
According to Pew Research, about 72% of adults now use at least one social media platform. In today's digital age, social media has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. As Christians, it is important for us to consider how we engage with social media platforms and the impact our online presence has on others.
This mini-course is designed to provide you with practical guidance on how to navigate social media as a believer. We will explore the importance of online etiquette and how to use social media to share your faith and build meaningful relationships with others.
Throughout the course, we will cover topics such as:
- Understanding the purpose of social media as a Christian
- Developing healthy habits for social media use
- Avoiding online negativity and conflict
- Using social media to share your faith in a positive and authentic way
- Building healthy online relationships with others
- Responding to negativity and criticism online
Post in 4 Forums. You will get a completion check indicating you have posted reflections. Also, read and engage with the comments of others.
After viewing the materials and posting your reflections, there is a feedback quiz. The quiz will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the mini-course.Please note: This course was originally filmed live as a segment on the CL News.
1. In the past, how have you done at being authentic in Christ on social media?
2. Have you ever posted something on social media that you regretted? What did you learn from it?
3. How have you used social media to bless someone this week?
4. What do you hope to gain from taking this mini-course?
1. Has someone's encouragement on social media touched your life? Explain.
2. If anything, what keeps you from posting uplifting thoughts on social media? What is one encouraging thing you can share on social media today?
3. When do you think you should intervene in the comment section of social media sites?
4. If someone is commenting something rude/hurtful/insensitive on your social media posts, how do you think you should respond?
1. Share your experience of a positive or negative (or one of each) personal message you received. How did it make you feel? How did it impact your relationship with social media and with that person?
2. How do you determine if a private message is a place for a conversation? When should it be taken offline or elsewhere?
3. Has this way in which someone presented their ministry affected how you viewed them and their work?
4. What are your best practices when it comes to 'putting yourself out there'?
1. Do you struggle with over-using social media? If so, reflect on why this might be the case for you.
2. How could you gently correct or encourage someone that is having unhealthy social media tendencies?
3. How do you self-evaluate your interactions and usage of/on social media?
4. What strategies do you use to bring comfort and peace to situations on social media? How do you respond when you see others in conflict on social media?
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1. Which social media platform have you found most useful for your ministry and evangelism? Why?
2. Do you have a mentor who can hold you accountable for bringing your walk to social media? If so, explain how this relationship has impacted you. If not, is that something you might explore?
3. What are your takeaways from this course as you have reflected on social media?