How to Seek an Internet Moral Revolution

The Internet -- a place to hang out with friends, meet new people, have fun on Facebook, and find information about pretty much anything. Who can live without it? But the Internet is not always the friendliest place to hang out. Cyber-bullying, for example, can cause deep emotional scars and lead to teen suicide. And just plain mean behavior can ruin any online experience. How do you prevent such harmful behavior and create a more ethical and respectful Internet community? Read on and learn how to start a moral revolution.


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    Avoid the mindset that everybody is a total, morally corrupt, jerk. A lot of the people online are probably just casually hanging out.
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    Don't appear as condescending. That is not going to be effective -- but think of which would be a better approach for people to perceive you as taking:

    ~ Judging them, as if you're the moral or thought police like a book burner -- or instead:

    ~ Reaching out to people, as a good-natured person, without cutting them down unnecessarily?
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    Gain respect, then take advantage of it by being a good influence as a member of an online community with a great reputation.

    ~ Avoid participating in not-so-great activities, because other people will see and then follow your wrong path.

    ~ Too many respected people today can not use their "creds" of respect to lead people along the right path -- because they're not on the right path themselves!
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    Encourage a friend nicely against trolling. Mention that trolling is very dangerous to the other person and, since - as mentioned above - it can pressure kids to harm or kill themselves. But, don't tell your friends that they are just plain mean and selfish. Realize that people probably won't be willing to change their ways, especially if you tell them in a mean way: so be cautious of using your controlling behaviors that may seem like accusations and judging them.
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    Ask for an opinion: sincerely "seek agreement" and "say thanks", while using suggestions. Calmly influence others to do your respectful implied desires, without telling them directly, and without making them feel threatened, without calling names like "troller, mean or hater". Accusing one of "trolling" if that person is just expressing honest opinions in discussions is not helpful, and then you have offended him/her and may be dismissed/ignored or called a "troller, mean or hater" yourself.
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    Hold off of carelessly "angering" people that you want to influence, and hold back put-downs and name-calling which are negative, abrasive, caustic and ineffective. Such tactics can not influence people to do well because they will be angry and disagreeing with you.
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    Talk positively. Don't call them (or imply that they are) silly or childish, for example. Just be thoughtful or kind -- and thank them for cooperating in advance so that you may be influential.
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    Defuse online arguments. Online drama events, in theory, could have the potential for people to learn from their lessons.


  • During most of the school year, students will be stressed by a large amount of homework and bullying. If you reach out to them in a friendly way, such as during summer break or any other school breaks, they won't be as irritable next time when you want to influence them.
  • Remain patient. Reaching out to people and attempting to help them to think through their values can be a lot of work and takes time.

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  • If people perceive you helping as being mean and critical, you will not be appreciated and won't succeed.

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