by Toni Birdsong
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. ~Luke 12:48
As social media becomes more integrated into our everyday life, so too, the moral and social responsibility rises in step. Did you know there are three powerful tools on Facebook that can actually save a life? Hats off to Facebook developers who have wisely integrated the Anti-Bullying Initiative, the Suicide Referral System, and just recently, the Organ Donation Status.
By taking a few minutes to connect with each of these Facebook features and logging on with an “awakened heart,” as we’ve so often discussed on this blog and in our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online, your online time can impact that reaches beyond the everyday chatter.
While the Anti-Bullying Initiative and the Suicide Referral System can be powerful, practical ways to help Facebook “friends” in danger online, the Organ Donation Status could very well be a cultural game changer in the world of organ transplants. It’s estimated that more than 114,000 people in the U.S, nearly 10,000 people in the UK and millions more around the world are waiting for a suitable organ. Many will die waiting because there aren’t enough organ donors to meet the need.
According to officials of Donate Life America in the past few weeks of Facebook launching it’s organ donation status option, donor registration has skyrocketed and “dwarfs any past organ donation initiative.”Know what to do and where to click:
Organ Donation: To be an organ donor via Facebook go to your timeline and choose > ‘Life Event’ in your status update box, choose the option > ‘Health and Wellness’ > ‘Organ Donor.’ Signing up takes seconds. Your organ donor status will then appear in your “About” section of your profile.
Suicide Referral System: If a friend posts a comment related to suicide you can report it to Facebook by clicking the “x” next to the comment that will give you the option to report. Facebook will then send an email to the comment’s author directing them to a telephone hotline or a link they can click to start a confidential chat. For more on steps to handle suicidal comments or threats, go to Facebook’s Help Center. To get there, go to Help button under your profile > Safety Center. There you will find a step-by-step diagram on ‘How to Report Abuse.’
The “Help” section of your profile allows you to access all information by a simple search.
Anti-Bullying Initiative: To learn more about how to identify and report bullying online, go to the Facebook Family Safety Center and get a primer—it’s excellent. Go to > Help under your profile > Safety Center. There you will find a step-by-step diagram on ‘How to Report Abuse.’