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Kim knew her daughter had been writing in her diary and Kim wondered what was going on in her daughter's head. Instead, she found that her daughter was happy and loved her life. I am determined to know everything that goes on under this roof. Can you imagine if those boys in Steubenville had parents who enforced this rule?
Kim wrote a sweet and endearing post about this experience and her relief to find her daughter happy and healthy. I'm not stupid enough to think that I will always know what's happening, there will be secrets they'll manage to keep, but I'm also not stupid enough to think my kids will just tell me everything that's going on in their lives. I can't be lazy or complacent and just think my kids are good kids because they have decent grades and their friends seem OK. Can you imagine getting your son's phone and seeing pictures of a girl being violated by him and his friends?
Yes, social media is a marketing platform; in the same way that kids have to be critical of magazine and television ads, it is important today to have conversations about the media and the techniques they use to sell a product.
In a 2016 Stanford study, 80 % of middle school kids could not discern the difference between an ad and an article, which means that we need to stop trying to ban social media, and instead help our kids make sense of it.5.
We seem to harp on the negative so often that we discount the good. It is entertainment attached to a marketing platform extracting personal information and preferences from your child, not to mention hours of their time and attention. Because so many kids are presently on social media (and I don’t suspect this will change any time soon), it is true that so much of a tween’s social life is connected to their phone.
So NOT allowing a phone and/or social media can actually ostracize a child.
The mothers agreed to delete the photos and punish the kids. I will read their diaries and their journals and anything else they write.Middle school is an ideal time to talk about friendships as well as isolate the difference between a friend and a follower and what makes online and offline relationships the same or different.But we also have to recognize that for kids, online is an extension of offline because they have only known a world with technology in it.My friend Kim at Let Me Start By Saying wrote an essay that was featured on the Huffington Post.It was about reading her five-year-old daughter's diary. She was worried she might find out that her daughter was sad or angry or hiding something. When my kids are teenagers, they will know that at any moment I can ask them to hand over their cell phones, laptops, whatever equipment they'll be carrying by then, so that I can see who they're talking to and what they're talking about.