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Church Of England: ‘Online Commandments’

If we could all do this, the internet would be a much better place. Don’t ya think?

Ever feel like the internet needs some like…general rules? I feel this way everytime someone makes a snide comment, or shares an obviously fake news article supporting their ideology and defend said behavior when confronted with….let me stop.

The internet should kind of have rules. Like…common decency standards.

The Church of England saw a need, and has decided to fill it with their own ‘Online Commandments.’ Note these are not the 10 Online Commandments because there are only 9.

They are as follows:

1.  Be safe.  The safety of children, young people, and vulnerable adults must be maintained.

2.  Be respectful.  Do not post or share content that is sexually explicit, inflammatory, hateful, abusive, threatening, or otherwise disrespectful.

3.  Be kind.  Treat others how you would wish to be treated, and assume the best in people.  If you have a criticism or critique to make, consider not just whether you would say it in person, but the tone you would use.

4.  Be honest.  Don’t mislead people about who you are.

5.  Take responsibility.  You are accountable for the things you do, say, and write.

6.  Be a good ambassador.  Personal and professional life can easily become blurred online.  So think before you post.

7.  Disagree well.  Some conversations can be places of robust disagreement, and it’s important we apply our values in the way we express them.

8.  Credit others.  Acknowledge the work of others.  Respect copyrights, and always give credit where credit’s due.  But be careful about sensitive or confidential information.  And always question sources before you repost.

9.  Follow the rules.  Abide by the terms and conditions of the various social media platforms.  And report people who don’t. 

If we could all do this, the internet would be a much better place. Don’t ya think?

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