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Advice from Nicole: My Facebook Rules Guide (You Need to Read This!)

Hi beautiful Project Inspired girls!

Almost every one I know or communicate with is on Facebook. If you’re not, then I applaud you for removing one technological distraction from your life.

If you’re like me, then you use Facebook to interact positively with friends and family, and share the word of God. Truthfully, that’s what excites me the most about Facebook! Not sharing photos of my food (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) or even posting pictures of my outfits (though I have to admit, it’s a lot of fun for me to do, and I like to show you girls fashionably modest clothing options), but sharing His word is the best part of social media for me.

However, there is a lot of inappropriate behavior on social media, and certain things that I really believe are dangerous. Here are my thoughts:

1. NEVER post your home address or phone number. That is an automatic signal for stalkers or thieves to come into your house and steal. Also, you don’t want your personal phone number to be in the hands of any bully who wants to harass you. Truthfully, you shouldn’t even put the school you go to in your “About Me” section. My opinion is that you only put your state, and at the most, your city. Even posting your email address publicly can put you on spam lists, so only share it with trusted sites and friends.

2. Always make sure your photos are completely private, as well as your timeline and personal information. Facebook makes it really easy to think that your settings are on private, but it turns out that your “profile pictures” album is public. Double-check, and have a friend or family member check when they are not logged on as themselves.

3. If you go out of town, my opinion is it’s best NOT to mention it until you come back from your vacation so your house is not susceptible to being robbed. PLEASE make sure to not say how long you will be gone on Facebook. Don’t say, “I can’t wait to go NYC in January for three weeks, we leave on the 15!” That alerts potential thieves that you and your family won’t be home.

4. Please don’t take or send provocative photos of yourself ANYWHERE–not on your cell phone, to a friend or boyfriend, or just for yourself to keep. I recently read a statistic that said 95 percent of all “sexy” pictures that people take of themselves end up in the wrong hands, and then they are are humiliated and regret taking them. This also sets yourself up to get bullied. Please do yourself a favor and never take compromising photos of yourself.

5. Don’t use status updates to hurt or make someone mad, because ultimately you are just hurting yourself. In addition, it is not classy.

6. Don’t ever use profanity online. It comes across even harsher than saying it in real life, and it gives people the wrong message about you. Point blank period.

7. Take the time to make someone’s day. I like to comment on photos of people I don’t usually talk to and say something nice to them. It’s amazing how a simple “You look pretty” can really brighten someone’s day!

8. Kindness is contagious! If you share a Godly message or an inspiring quote on your wall, often people will click “share” and post it on their wall too, so all of their friends can see it! That way you are inspiring a whole different audience, just from your simple picture.

9. If you or someone you know is being bullied, you need to report the person. Write exactly what they are saying to you in an email and send to the Facebook moderator. In addition, if you know them and they go to your school, print out the harsh words they are saying to you and show your parents, as well as the principal of your school. Cyber bullying is dangerous and a real threat to your emotional esteem. If their bullying is life-threatening, you can even print it out and show it to your local police so they are aware of who is harassing you.

10. Lastly and most importantly, share your love for God on Facebook! It’s so inspiring and rewarding to do so. It really makes people think about their own relationship with God, and that’s a great thing! You also could be witnessing to someone over the Internet you don’t even know!

God bless you girls, and I hope you learned something! Think about what you could do to be safer on Facebook and let me know in the comments! I love you!

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  1. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on January 10, 2013 at 11:28

    Thanks for helping me realize that I spend too much of my time on Facebook, Nicole! I deleted my account (at least temporarily)…

  2. LL107

    Posted by LL107 on January 9, 2013 at 20:03

    Thanks for the wonderful and great advice Nicole. Thanks for caring about all of the Project Inspired girls I really am so thankful for you and thank you again.

  3. Bluej3

    Posted by Bluej3 on January 9, 2013 at 18:06

    Awesome Advice!! I use Facebook to post 90% verses and Christian song lyric quotes… although my dad doesn’t understand why I do. 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Spider on January 8, 2013 at 16:39

    Love this article!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on January 7, 2013 at 15:03

    I use facebook to talk to people and express myself. I use it for mainly talking to people I cannot speak to in person. But Facebook is starting to get old…and distracting…

  6. vickifay

    Posted by vickifay on January 7, 2013 at 14:53

    I have a Facebook, though only to keep up with out-of-state friends, but I don’t really use it that much. I’ll be on for an hour a day, tops, but I don’t just sit around on there waiting for someone to chat with me XD I’ll definitely check my privacy settings again, though having people see my profile doesn’t bother me. None of my profile pics are actually even me, so whatever.

    I’m also friends with my mom on there, so I think twice about anything I tend to post 😀

  7. chloe523

    Posted by chloe523 on January 7, 2013 at 08:53

    wow i have never thought of a lot of this! goin to change my facebook right now 🙂

  8. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on January 6, 2013 at 21:15

    I unfriend people who do #8. It gets really annoying after a while.

  9. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on January 6, 2013 at 08:42

    I have my phone number and email addressed on my fb because there are privacy settings that allow me to decide who can see them. I don’t friend request anyone I don’t know personally or through a friend because I don’t see the point, so I have my contact information set to Friends Only and everything else to Friends of Friends only.

  10. zoe_girl

    Posted by zoe_girl on January 6, 2013 at 06:05

    Tip for girls who have trouble with it consuming time: Give your password to a trustworthy friend or family member, and have them change it! Let them know your issue and set up a time limit with them. When time’s up, they give you your new password, and you will be less addicted because you took the time to see the world around you.
    I love doing this during Finals week, and on retreat weekends with church, or just really busy. It really helps me focus on what’s important!

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 5, 2013 at 21:29

    I post either a bible verse or a christian status everyday. Sometimes I share christian pictures. 🙂

    • Eurydice

      Posted by Eurydice on January 6, 2013 at 21:13

      I unfriend people who do that too often.

      • Shanell Elise is back

        Posted by Shanell Elise is back on January 27, 2013 at 08:21

        You unfriend people like that? Well Eurydice you need to understand that their not afraid to share God’s word. Nothing wrong with them sharing what God is doing in their lives. If you don’t like it just ignore it or accept the fact these people are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. You a christian, so you say, and yet you continue to bash others and stand up for pretty much everything against God’s word. You don’t live for God by twisting and molding his word to please your standards and beliefs. If you are a christian then you must hear from God and what HE wants not YOU. Sorry but you really need to think about these things more often.(Thank you for Reading. And we await more Sarcasm)(No offense meant)

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on January 9, 2013 at 19:03

        Nah, it was a valid question. I only friend people who I know personally and have met face-to-face or someone I know through one of those friends (only one level of separation). So, keeping in touch via facebook/friending/unfriending aren’t all that significant for us. These friends that I have aren’t likely to post that kind of stuff on a regular basis anyway; I’ve only had to unfriend one person who did that. I knew her from high school, and I know she’s a sweet and lovely person…I just neither wanted nor needed a million links to Joyce Meyer sermons/talks/whatever clogging up my newsfeed. >__<

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Journalistlove on January 7, 2013 at 20:13

        Ya know, I’m really sorry for saying what I said out of spite. I was really wrong. I can get why it is annoying when people post relgious quotes and things like that…I don’t agree that it is annoying.. Anyways, I’m sorry for posting the first response that I posted.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Journalistlove on January 7, 2013 at 14:50

        Then why friend them at all if your just going to delete them? Might as well not say you’re friends with them and then go and delete them.

  12. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on January 5, 2013 at 19:18

    Another tip: don’t use sarcasm on Facebook. It’s hard to tell if someone is being sarcastic or not if you see the words, but can’t hear their tone of voice.

    • Eurydice

      Posted by Eurydice on January 6, 2013 at 21:12

      Sarcasm is part of my identity. It CAN be used in a manner that is understood if you’re good with word choice and your friends really know you. I usually add some kind of face at the end, too, just to make sure it’s not misinterpreted. Like this: -___- or >__<

  13. Twipi

    Posted by Twipi on January 5, 2013 at 19:04

    Sorry this isn’t related to the article, but I had a website suggestion. I was thinking it would be nice to have some kind of Project Inspired email where us girls could send prayer requests. I know I have some things in my life I would really like to have you guys pray for, and I think a lot of other girls may really like a prayer-circle type forum too.

  14. tinamusicofficial

    Posted by tinamusicofficial on January 5, 2013 at 18:47

    Awesome advice!

  15. Blair Bear

    Posted by Blair Bear on January 5, 2013 at 18:18

    thanks for the advice Nicole! you made really good points about each situation. I love you too! 🙂 -Blair Bear

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 8, 2013 at 04:42

      @makaylarae it went great!! It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be and my friends sister ended up getting baptized too which made me a lot more comfortable.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 5, 2013 at 16:27

    I deleted my Facebook! And although I miss talking to my friends, it was worth it.
    Oh and this is kind of off subject, but I’m getting baptized tomorrow! 🙂 I’m really excited but nervous 🙂 pray for me?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by makaylarae on January 6, 2013 at 16:58

      @natalienoel13: you were baptized today?! Yay that’s awesome! I’m so happy for you! How did it go?!!!

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on January 6, 2013 at 15:40

      That’s great! I hope it went well!

    • vanilla

      Posted by vanilla on January 5, 2013 at 19:13

      That is so cool! It’s great that you want to show the world that you’re a Christian. I’ll pray for you.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Annie on January 5, 2013 at 16:16

    These are such good tips!

  18. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on January 5, 2013 at 16:08

    Nicole, are we having a PI day this month?

  19. cheyartgirl16

    Posted by cheyartgirl16 on January 5, 2013 at 15:36

    THANK YOU FOR THIS NICOLE!I’m really proud to say I ‘passed’ your pointers, and I love how you said ‘It’s no classy’ – I think if people used the adjective ‘classy’ to describe themselves and try to live up to it, the world would be a much cleaner (and prettier) place… next time I am tempted to do something that is a little provocative or presumptuous, I will just think ‘Is this classy?’ and also ‘What would God say?’

  20. Dee

    Posted by Dee on January 5, 2013 at 15:32

    I would suggest people check out Kin Komando’s site, and type in “Facebook privacy settings you need to check now.” There’s a lot of good info on what to check to make sure that you’re not sharing anything with the wrong people on accident. It’s not 100% up-to-date since it was written November of 2011, but it gives you a good idea of what to check. I’d also check each time they change their look. When it switched us over to timeline, I had to go change some things to make sure they were still private. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest you do that as soon as possible.

    I really like the idea of randomly saying something encouraging to someone on Facebook. 🙂

  21. DanieB

    Posted by DanieB on January 5, 2013 at 13:45

    I love that!

  22. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on January 5, 2013 at 13:04

    Well, I don’t have a Facebook, but I must say, those guidelines are really helpful and totally worthwhile! And I think it goes for more than just Facebook, but the internet in general.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by gegiustino on January 5, 2013 at 13:01

    I deleted my facebook earlier today because I was just spending way too much time on it!

  24. Carnation

    Posted by Carnation on January 5, 2013 at 12:18

    Great advice! I definitely will double check my profile again.