Guest Post by Veronica Finch…

The things you say or write on the Internet maybe forgiven in time but they are never truly forgotten.

One of the things that people misunderstand nowadays is the power they have on the Internet. Most web users say whatever they want to say due to the privileges that comes with the Freedom of Speech Act. Be very careful if you’re one of those “Internet abusers” simply because that carelessness of yours is more trouble than its worth.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not in anyway innocent of this crime. I have been through those tough situations too where I felt like I just needed to burst out and post things like crazy. However, those situations were also filled with regrets and this is exactly the reason why I’m writing about this stuff. I wish to raise awareness simply because this is becoming a problem not just to one or two web users but to a certain number of the populace.

As the famous Uncle Ben saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. You can’t just use that keyboard of yours and type whatever gripe you have in your heart and expect everyone to understand you. Take it from someone who has been there and have done horrible things. I do not wish to share those stories specifically. I just want you to know that it’s possible to overcome those urges of yours. You just need the right amount of determination and discipline.

As someone who is enjoying the many winning-on-the-internetfunctions of the Internet, you have some responsibilities to take care of. For starters, making sure that no one gets hurt, discriminated or insulted by anything you say in it. If you want to fully experience the things that the world wide web could give to you then you must keep in mind that thinking before you click is a must.

The following is a simple list of things you can ask yourself before posting anything online. I used this simple checklist when I was recovering from that horrible web addiction myself. It wouldn’t hurt to run them down and see if what you have in mind is something worthwhile.

1. Do you really need to voice it out?
There are things in this world that are better left unsaid. The same goes for the world wide web. It doesn’t matter if it’s your blog or your Facebook wall. If you can keep it to yourself then try doing so. The Internet is becoming a cesspool of negativity and human stupidity. Do your part and contribute things that can only be deemed worthy of one’s time. Instead of rambling, why not write about the good things in life?

2. Is someone going to get hurt?
This is a very important question you need to ask yourself before posting anything online. I learned this when I was working as a copy writer for Trying to hurt somebody online will only backfire on you. Veer away from your computer when you’re angry because chances are, nothing good is going to come out of it. Anger only worsens whatever it is you’re going through right now. Combined that madness with your carelessness and you have the perfect formula for a disaster. Remember this as a rule: only face your monitor when you’re level-headed!

3. Will your friends and other web users find something useful in your post?
The original purpose of the Internet is to help mankind. Contributing something that’s counterproductive to this overall goal will not make you an efficient web-user. Be the better person and again, only post things that other users will be able to utilize. Don’t follow the footsteps of those who only wish to make a name for themselves, regardless of what method they utilize. You have the ability to influence others. Why not put that capability into something that’s more fruitful?Kyle4142

4. What are the possible repercussions of the things that you’re going to say?
Think about the situation and then picture what would happen two or three days after posting that idea of yours online. Heck, think about the consequences years after because whatever is posted on the Internet stays on it for good. The Internet never forgets and so, you have to double-check, if not triple-check your posts before clicking that enter button. This is something you have to keep in mind at all times. After all, you don’t want your own ghosts to come back and haunt you in the future.

Just use that head of yours first and weigh things before posting anything online. Don’t make the same mistakes I did and just be a trigger-happy web-user. Let not the power control you. You are much more powerful than those urges of yours. You have the ability to prevent things from aggravating. Make the right calls and just enjoy the Internet for what it truly is, a place of learning and socialization for you and other web-users.