Last week I watched a show in which the guest was a mother of a teen daughter who took her own life when she became the target of a vicious rumor. The lie spread like wildfire. Within an hour the rumor not only reached the entire high school, it reached the entire cyber world. With the click of a mouse, the words of a mean girl were enough to destroy another teen girl’s life. Mean words.
So how do you protect yourself from rumors and gossip in the world of technology?
- Talk to the girl who started the rumor. It’s important to find out why the mean girl is spreading rumors. Most likely, it’s about power or jealousy. Also, make sure you have a friend with you who will stand up for you if the discussion turns into an argument.
- Stay focused on your strengths and positive qualities.
- Spend time with your true friends who stand by you. The rumor will eventually die down over time. However, if the rumors continue and become more damaging to your reputation, consider taking legal action. Talk to your parents or a trusted adult.
- It’s hard to imagine that this too will pass, but it will. Don’t let your emotions take over but stay in God’s truth. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
- Remember that you don’t use mean words to gain friends. Kindness, respect and compassion are the qualities that develop popularity.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29 NIV
We all love to share our thoughts with each other, but let’s keep them positive and share only what is helpful for building each other up instead of bringing others down.