Do you tweet? Most of us have heard about the mega social media site that allows you to share what you are doing or thinking about in 160 characters or less. A lot of us have Twitter accounts. I do, and it still amazes me when I think about the power those 160 characters can have on other people. It all comes down to numbers.

Numbers matter when it comes to social media and numbers matter to teenagers. How many twitter or instagram followers do you have? How many “favorites” or “likes” did you get on your photo or tweet? How many retweets did you get from your twitter post? The higher the number of likes, the more familiar you become to your followers and the more comments or responses you will likely receive. Some of these comments or responses can be nice, but sometimes they can be extremely mean and hurtful. The can even cause an all out twitter fight.

Twitter fights can be between real life friends or complete strangers, and they can cause depression, anxiety, and even irrational thoughts of suicide.

Here are a few thoughts to keep you safe on Twitter.

1. Be careful about what you tweet. Are your tweets positive comments, or are your comments or responses to others negative and insulting? Personal beliefs, religion and political opinions will definitely cause twitter responses, so it’s important to think before you send out a tweet for the world to read. Hammer out your beliefs and think about what others might say to you, and to consider how you might respond to negative comments before you post.

2. If you receive mean and hurtful responses to a positive tweet, don’t respond to the comments. This will only provoke a Twitter fight. If the responder continues to send mean tweets, block the person’s twitter account.

3. Remember, even though you can delete a tweet that you wrote, it is possible people can copy it before it is deleted. Then, it’s out in the world for life. Many have regrets from sharing their spur of the moment thoughts with strangers that can cause hurt feelings. Make sure you are not too hasty when it comes to posting comments so you won’t feel backlash for a capricious emotion.

No matter what we do, whether in our words or actions, in everyday life or the cyber world, we must remember to love one another as Jesus loves us. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @todaysgirls ☺

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