Cyberbully Action Plan

Cyberbully Action Plan

Last week, a fellow volunteer in our high school ministry asked me for some advice about a student in her small group who is being bullied online. Specifically, the attacks are coming from anonymous accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Ask.fm.  My friend told me that the student had already talked to the school counselor about it, but the attacks hadn’t stopped and were now affecting her school work, sleep, etc.

I wanted to share the advice I gave as a starting point for other youth workers, educators, parents, and individuals faced with the same issue. (Obviously, I’ve edited this a little bit to make it general.)

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Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

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Are microphones a problem?

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-14

This was part of Paul’s stump speech, a common theme captured in Paul’s letters to various churches. He spoke a version of Robin-Hood-esque democracy into a religious world that was autocratic by definition.

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The New Economy Emerging

“This is a bad economy…”

“Pretty cool, especially in this economy…”

“You know, in this economy, every dollar counts.”

I don’t know about you. But I hear bad news about this economy all the time. It’s at the point where it drives me nuts. You see, it’s one of those things that’s said on the news or people believe that just isn’t true. Want some proof? Read this AP article from today.

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Am I just a social media guy?

Yesterday I spoke in 3 services at The Place in Wickenburg, Arizona. It’d been a long time since I’d done that… it was really fun.

And it was fun to be reminded that I like that and I’m not bad at it.

The fact is that I don’t get a lot of requests to teach on Sunday morning. I only have one more booked for the rest of 2014. 

There’s a very simple reason for that: When you get known as a person who is a subject matter expert on a specific topic, you basically get typecast and only ever asked to talk about that one thing.

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