Ever wondered how would it be 'If how to behave on social media' was taught by Professor Dumbledore at Hogwarts?
Yes, we know that electrical appliances go haywire near Hogwarts, but students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and we as readers have learnt much more than just magic from Dumbledore. Majority of which can be applied in our muggle world of electronics too.
So, let’s just imagine that Dumbledore taught Defense Against the Unethical Social Media Hacks. Here are some things that he might have taught:
Words in my not-so-humble opinion are the most exhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
One must always think about the consequences of the comments they post. Comments lack emotions (in spite of the virtual emoticons) and can be interpreted in many different ways, mostly negative. You can never be sure about what the readers might be going through or the effect of your words on them.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
If you have been harassed online by a friend, please talk openly about it to them. Do not feel shy to remove the tag, delete their comment or even block them if you have to. It’s true that it can be difficult, but it will be good for you in the long run.
Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.
There are many cyber laws to punish the culprit, in case of online harassment or any other online crime. Just step out and discuss it with people you are close to. Don’t hesitate to take legal help if required. Just don’t keep quiet.
It does not do to dwell in dreams and forget to live.
Please don’t try to capture every moment of your life for social posting in a manner that you miss out on the magic (no pun intended) of that moment. Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish and not share the moment with those who are not present there.
Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.
Don’t let any negativity - be it virtual or offline, get you down. Take them as a motivation and rise from your ashes just like a phoenix, cry on your wounds if needed, and fly away with a smile. Now you know what to do the next time you get a negative comment on a post.
Social Media provides users with an Invisibity Cloak, under which they safely hide and indulge in dark arts. But at the same time, it has created Mad- Eye- Moody like organizations which will catch you if you try to go too far.
It is a place where no Deluminator can work. So, please make sure you look good in your best Madam Malkin’s robes and stay away from being a Blast ended Skrewt.
Social Media has given you immense power, use it well!