We are in an Age of Social Media that we dove into head-first.
Without even taking a second thought, we leaped into this tech pool and it’s made quite a splash.
It’s difficult to give it a second thought. All of this is undiscovered, inexperienced territory. To add to complication, facts are mixed with rumors as Facebook is said to increase divorce as past flames are re-lit.
Some say it’s safe, others say it isn’t.
Is social media dangerous?
Has it blurred the lines between private and public interaction?
The State of Missouri recently outlawed teacher-student Facebook friendships, stating this in the legislation:
Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian, or legal guardian. Teachers also cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.
The Ontario College of Teachers issued this advisory:
- Avoid exchanging private texts, phone numbers, personal e-mail addresses or photos of a personal nature with students.
- Decline student-initiated “friend” requests and do not issue “friend” requests to students.
If the general populous sees a danger with social media relationships, shouldn’t the Church take inventory?
Like a teacher, a Pastor is placed into a position of authority.
Should the same rules that are being applied to these teachers be honored by Pastors?
What rules should Pastors adhere to as they live above reproach?
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