Cyber Safety: Social Networks and LDS Families

Social networks are places on the Internet where like-mined people go to converse, share pictures, talk about what is going on in their lives, and just virtually “hang out”. Many members are making use of these sites – as evidenced by an experiment on one of the most popular social networking sites, Facebook. In March of 2009 a group was created specifically for Latter-Day Saints to join – within a week, there were 40,000 members in this group. Other popular social networking sites include MySpace.com, LinkedIn.com and Twitter.com.

Many will recall Elder Ballard’s desire for us to make use of such technologies when he said “Today we have a modern equivalent of the printing press in the Internet. The Internet allows everyone to be a publisher, to have his or her voice heard, and it is revolutionizing society.” He went on to say “Now, may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration”1 Social networking sites are a great way to accomplish this, but we need to ensure that we know how to make use of these sites safely, and be aware of what the possible dangers are.

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