From a Sunday bulletin…
Just one more reason to live a good Catholic life, including a traditional code of modesty. Even if Facebook doesn’t see you, God does. But now that Facebook and similar social media are becoming more and more “omnipresent” and “omniscient,” private sins that used to stay private are becoming public, and Googleably so.
Wherever two or three are gathered with a smart phone, there is Mark Zuckerberg in your midst.
There are scads of reasons to have nothing to do with the Internet unless you actually need it (ubiquitous online porn being but one of these reasons). That aside, I strongly recommend that, if your children have Facebook accounts, you get one and insist that your children “friend” you. This will allow you to monitor their online activity. Knowing what your children do online is not “nosy”; it’s actually good parenting. More than once, I have corrected young people here for online immodesty. Parents ought to be doing this.
Young people may have no idea of the dangers of this medium. The unguarded use of Facebook has caused people to lose their jobs, be denied college admission, and even become the victims of rape and murder — like 19-year-old Jason Rodriguez and 18-year old Nona Belomesoff, whose murderers used Facebook to lure them in. Then there’s Thabo Bester, the South African “Facebook rapist.” If you think I’m exaggerating, Google “Facebook murder,” “Facebook killer,” “Facebook rape.”
What you say, post, upload, or “like” on Facebook is cached in many places. Removing your Facebook account will not erase it from these places.
Our youth need to be warned of such dangers from responsible adults.