Recently a post came up on Facebook that was quite malicious towards my son. While some of the facts were true, most were not. However, due to the audacity of people on Facebook, the post spread like wildfire with everyone believing the worst.
My son is no angel – I know that. But there were also people making comments about me and my parenting. And it has continued on through private messages to my parents – from someone who really has no right to be saying anything about me. It has totally ruined my day today and I am filled with anger. So despite the daily pain of my hands from the carpal tunnel – I have decided to speak out on here about social media.
Social media can be a great thing – keeping in touch with people while away, blogging about everything that interests us, and sharing recipes. But social media can be life changing for people when it is used as a weapon. And that is how I see this now. It was a weapon against my son, who has now lost his job because the accusations that are spreading about him. He maintains friendships with people who are his real friends but he has become an outcast in a community that he loved for so long. Perhaps before chastising someone and spreading information about someone, people should do some research first. Or speak firsthand to the people on both sides who are involved in a bad situation.
I am very good about keeping positive and I firmly believe that something positive will come of all this. But in the meantime, I will maintain my slight bit of anger at these people and remember that while they may threaten me personally (which they have!) I am the better person and have not retaliated the same way.