Social Networking Gone Wrong


Today on the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, we will be discussing the recent turn of events with Representative Anthony Weiner and what those of us who use Twitter on a daily basis can learn from unseemly events like this one. As we watch the situation unfold over the next few days, I took away the following points from a very respectful online discussion (held, of course, on Twitter and Facebook) with my friends and contacts last night:

Anonymity online doesn’t really exist. Do not post anything online that you wouldn’t want God, your parents, your pastor or your future employer or spouse to see. Any one of your friends or contacts online can print or inappropriately share the information you convey to them. Your communications online should be above reproach.

Impulse Control. In today’s world, we need more than ever to practice control and self discipline. While our first reaction these days may be to share everything, it’s good to hold most things back and actively practice privacy and self control.

Don’t Lie. If you’ve messed up, adding deceit and dishonesty will only make matters worse. If you fail, and we all will, honestly admit and seek immediate forgiveness for your sins.

Avoid all inappropriate relations online. “Flirting” can easily devolve into inappropriate relationships or even infidelity. Keep your online communications and friendships above reproach.

Thou shalt not steal. Misuse of an employers’ cell phone, computer or time you should be working is theft.

Find help if you need it. If you’ve fallen into an addictive relationship with social networking or the Internet in general that is impacting upon your healthy ability to function in life, in work and in your relationships, now is the time to seek help. Contact your parish for local twelve step programs or confidentially email me and I will help you find resources in your area.




About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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