I’ve been on my soap box a lot lately, really since my kids got phones, about social media and teens and tweens that use them. I wondered if my obsessive worry was just me being overprotective so I did a little digging. It turns out, I am not that far off.
I found this article about people, mostly teens, being arrested because of a tweet they put on Twitter. Click here.
Facebook wasn’t much better. Click here to see the kids that got in trouble there.
And then of course, there is Instagram. The twins are both begging me to let them get it on their iPods. Stories like this one make me want to hold off as long as I possibly can. Click here.
I’m no different from other parents that are caught between not wanting our kids set free in this world (Tommy and Belle) and knowing that at some point, they have to be allowed to have these accounts. Last year, Nico’s homecoming plans were discussed only through a Facebook page. Colleges are using Facebook to connect roommates together. I haven’t found reasons why Twitter or Instagrams are a must other than they think they are fun to have.
So here I go again, I am over at Ten to Twenty with my letter to tweens and teens about social media. I know most of you probably saw it the first time around but if you could hop over there and share your thoughts, it would mean a lot. It was this post that helped me land the opportunity to write there in the first place.
Think of it as a rerun of a hopefully favorite TV show. See you there!