The Internet is increasingly growing in the world and the next year’s social media should be controlled, or otherwise, there will be wrongful acts everywhere. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, and the Internet is not an exception. There is a lot that one can get from social media like marketing strategies, and learning online but there is a dark side. Some people use social media to drive propaganda for their interests; some threaten people while others insult their enemies just to destroy their image to the public. The public needs to be educated on social media use and the negative impacts one can go through in case there are false information or threats related to an individual. There was a post about a classmate threatening and insulting a lecturer on n social media.
When news reaches social media, there are millions of people who see those comments. Threatening a person is also against the law. Freedom of expression and speech is what people use to defend themselves but should not be used in the wrong way. Freedom of expression is to be used by pointing out the wrong things in society but doing so in the right manner. Some use this opportunity to gain false publicity by disrespecting other people who are a bit higher in their levels. However, there are certain occasions where people feel bad a particular person maybe because of something awful that somebody did and they decide to put it online. People need to act like adults and take every action carefully otherwise jail can be a friend.
Being a friend, there are immediate actions that one can play to help such a person who posts insults about a lecturer. One of the first actions is to advise the culprit to delete the post as soon as possible from the timeline before it circulates further. It will help because it will not have reached far hence reducing the impact. Another of immediate action is if the post had already circulated to very many individuals and is being shared. The friend should at least apologize. The apology should also be on social media where all those people who saw the bad comments will also see the apology too. The second apology will be by calling the lecturer, apologizing and asking for forgiveness, and then reconciling. Those will make the best immediate actions since after the actions everything will be solved regarding publicity and partial relationship between the lecturer and the friend (Simon, 2013).
Immediate actions explained above are not enough, there must be subsequent actions too. The friend originally had some good reasons for the post but used the wrong method of solving the problem. There has to be a mediator between the student and the lecturer. One of the best actions is approaching the lecturer as a mediator and trying to solve things up by knowing the cause of the dispute between the two parties. After identifying the cause, try to solve the issue while both parties are present, and also the student should apologize physically at this point. After the meeting, the parties can agree on whether there are consequences or not. Then, there should be a sitting down with the students and explain all the consequences of his/her actions. There is also the need to explain how one can use social media on the good side instead of wasting all the energy on abusing and threatening others.
Being a friend, one of the best pieces of advice that one can give is on time management. Studying nursing is very important and fewer people have such opportunities. There is a lot of reading to become a certified nurse. There is a lot of research to do hence there is no time to waste. Instead of the student abusing the lecturer, he/she can use that time and read so that he/she can pass the exams and be a real nurse. There are also other things that can be done on social media such as being involved in nurses’ groups that share research and work experiences. There is a lot to do in order to brainstorm the mind. Instead of engaging the lecturer in a bad way, why not use his/her page to ask a question or an explanation?
Influence in school within the scholars has a very great impact on the student’s life. A bad company leads to bad decision or decisions and vice versa. The student should leave any company that motivates bad intentions and join student groups that use their time effectively to do something productive. In school, there are also other activities like the Christian unions, music groups, arts, science, and many others. During free time, these groups meet to perform a certain activity. If such a student joins such movements, there would be less or no time for misuse.
Guidance and counseling are a movement that is almost in every institution (Patton, 2013). They are responsible for giving advice to students in their respective schools. It can be a good subsequent action by bringing the student to such people. Guidance departments have individuals who are highly trained and can help a person solve matters that are unknown to the world. They practice confidentiality and anything discussed in that office is never discussed anywhere. The student may have posted such a comment because of pressure or depression from the lecturer or any other cause. In counseling, the student will eventually speak what is in the heart, and from that after some time of the healing process, he/she will end up being a very responsible person.
Nurses or midwives in Australia have got a code of conduct that govern their general behavior in their field (Edge, 2013). According to the content, the code of conduct is action is the lawful and professional behaviors. In dealing with lawful behaviors, a nurse should not be caught on the wrong side of the law. Such unlawful acts include disrespect towards others irrespective of who they are. They should also respect other people’s decisions and do things according to the law, that follows protocol otherwise there are consequences.
Under professionalism, a nurse or a midwife should carry his/herself with integrity (Daly, 2013). One should show respect, honor, and obedience to others. The world should see one as a nurse because of the way one behaves and through other actions. If nurses and midwives lack all these conducts, then one should be in that field. A Code of conduct is important since they help one display a professional figure hence earning respect in the first place. The professional image also gives the public thought of the excellent services one can provide. Using social media to accuse others does destroy not only other people’s image but also their personal image. People who are professional can check the posts and conclude the accounts owner’s way of conduct. If the image displayed is great, one gets positive feedback while getting jobs and vice versa is also true.
Using social media to abuse others can lead to very many legal consequences and other life consequences too. It is against the law to threaten someone (Meloy, 2015). If in case the lecturer is threatened to end up dead or anything bad happens to him/her, the first suspect could always be the student. The student can end up serving a jail sentence due to the threats. There are other consequences; the lecturer can also decide to punish the student in other ways possible. If the lecturer has a good heart, he/she can decide to punish the student using the school techniques, but if the lecturer feels threatened, there can be a case to file. The lecturer can also decide to tarnish the student’s name by having bad comments on the certificates of school completion making it hard for the student to acquire any jobs in the future. In short, the lecturer can lose but all the implications will fall on the student at last.
Research shows people make fake accounts to do all kinds of bad things in social media (White, 2016). There are a lot of cases in the media to date where people are throwing words at each other most likely in the world of politics. These fake profiles are responsible for driving propaganda about a certain issue. People have come to know that it is hard for one to know the owner of such accounts. This shows that the people who deliver the propaganda know that what they do is not under the law. However, under IT experts, the locations of such people can be identified through the use of IP addresses and hence they can be taken into custody.
In this new world, employers take the next option of checking their employee’s social media profiles before candidates are employed (Kangasniemi, 2015). It is a very effective method since from the post that a person posts, the employers can know the kind of person they are employing. Being a health scientist, posting things that are not appropriate can make a person lose a job and at the same time show a bad image to the general public nurses. Human beings have a tendency of remembering something wrong more than right. The point that a mistake is done, it can be reversed. Bad news flows fast compared to good news. The negative posts can also damage the image of the nurse’s employers. It can be very serious implications because the institution may fail due to a lack of trust and later lead to the firing of very many employees as a result of a single mistake.
In social media, a high percentage of people appreciate bad things compared to good things (Harding, 2013). Some people become popular by posting things that are of no importance. For example, people who post motivational talks may be ignored and have fewer comments or likes compared to people who strike naked. That’s life in the media. The bad news has good taste. Some bloggers now tend to look for irrelevant information that has no proof but since they want to attract people, they have to post propaganda. The friend could have posted the insult also to gain popularity from the other classmates not purposely to threaten the lecturer. Furthermore, there is a very small probability that the lecturer saw the post. The security is social media like Facebook is far from enough. Some people even get through security passwords and access other people’s accounts and later leave a post or a video that is totally negative and by the time the account owner knows, the post is already in the public. Social media should also take responsibility by not allowing abnormal posts in their platforms. Every account owner should be well evaluated before being awarded an account in these social media platforms to eliminate pseudo accounts. Before signing in, a person should provide useful and real details so that in case of any post, it will not be hard to identify the person and interrogate them.
In conclusion, social media can be a good thing or bad; it depends on how it is used (Cohen, 2014). Using social media to insult and threaten others is not the best way to deal with disagreements. However, there are different reasons why a person can bring an argument in the media. Although it is not advisable, guidance is a good method to deal with such people. The media generally tolerates such actions and that’s why it’s hard to stop such practices. Nursing is a good profession and hence should be respected. Such professions should have people who respect themselves and others otherwise they can be fired. Research shows people love bad posts compared to important posts and people may use the opportunity to be celebrities. There are serious consequences if one files a case about a threat from social media. The people involved in this kind of drama are the youths. People should avoid the bad use of the media and utilize it and the time to do meaningful activities.
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