Mayor Rich Walker
Mayor Rich Walker

A Message from Mayor Rich Walker

In today’s world, social media has become an integral part of our lives. It allows us to stay connected, share our thoughts, and express ourselves. However, it’s important to remember that the way we use social media can have a significant impact on ourselves and others.

We should always be mindful that behind every profile picture is a real person with feelings, experiences, and vulnerabilities. If we use kindness and respect as our guide, we are already setting the bar to treat others online as we would in person—with empathy and understanding. Words have the power to uplift or hurt, so we should choose them wisely and engage in thoughtful discussions, not personal attacks.

Authenticity is also key when it comes to social media. It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of likes and validation, but it’s more important to be true to yourself and share content that aligns with our values. We should embrace our uniqueness and encourage others to do the same. In addition, our digital footprint can never be fully erased. Employers, colleagues, or future acquaintances may come across your social media presence. So, think twice before posting something that could potentially harm your personal or professional reputation.

As we focus on upholding our true selves online, we also need to be mindful of the veracity of shared information and check the credibility of our sources before sharing news that could be misinformation. Misleading content can have far-reaching consequences, spreading confusion and distrust.

Another social media pitfall is the tendency to compare ourselves to others. Think of it as a  highlight reel of people’s lives, showcasing their achievements, vacations, and happy moments. What we see online is often a curated version of reality.

Setting time boundaries is important, too. Allocate specific time slots for social media usage and use that time to connect with loved ones, engage in meaningful conversations, and support positive causes. As we use social media, we need to uplift, inspire, and spread positivity, creating a virtual community that reflects the best of who we are.

Social media can be a powerful tool for communication, connection, and self-expression. By adhering to principles of kindness, respect, authenticity, and responsible sharing, we can make the most of this digital landscape.

And remember, with all of these social media outlets, there’s a real-world waiting for us beyond the screen.

If you would like to share your thoughts on digital citizenship, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at or via cell phone at (973) 390-1453. Of course, I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website,, and click on the social media icon that you prefer to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

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