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Parents Unconcerned About Kids on Facebook?

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A Reality Intervention

What do you imagine today’s sixth grader is texting? Do you think it’s even close to the stuff you were doing back in the ’80s? Something cuddly and meaningless:

XOXOX Papa Smurf
Meet on playground. tire 2. Twirly bar competition in 10.
That’s so rad
Teacher at tire. Keith/Kim caught kissing there yesterday. Lips to lips!  SWAK!
Such a dweeber!

Reality: here’s the text my girlfriend’s sixth grade son got last week from an eighth grade girl:

Seen you around. Meet me for a hard BJ?

And here’s the “chat” line my 9-year-old nephew got while on Facebook:

Next baseball game…do us a favor….take that bat to your head and don’t stop until YR pulp.

And get this: our middle school has strict rules against cell phone use during school hours. Why? Because the number one issue they’re battling is not drugs, alcohol, smoking, sex or bullying. No, it’s (cue the drum roll) TEXTING DRAMA. To quote the principal, “If there is any one thing I can advise you to do to prepare your child for success in sixth grade, it would be to abolish texting.”

The reality is that we were not prepared as a society to define HOW all this communication will be appropriately used. The reality is that we’ve got major, harmful issues waiting to link from cyberspace into our homes, like the one million children who were cyber-bullied last year on Facebook alone. The reality is that we’re handing 6-year-olds a direct link into the chaos. And the reality is that it’s past time for a “chat.”

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6:40AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Where did we fail in educating today's parents?

6:56PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

wow

10:31AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

facebook used incorrectly can ruin a person's life.

4:31AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Seems that legislation is less critical than spending time with a child to talk about appropriate communication.

2:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Are we really passing the buck again? REALLY? FYI! We should be the ones (parents) to be teaching our children how to behave AT ALL TIME but how many parents send their little one to pre-school,day-care,babysitter? How's really respondsable for how are childre behave? the parents! They may TRY to pass the buck but the buck stops with them...if they don't spend time with their children is it FACEBOOKS fault? No. The networks? No. It is the parents so suck it up and be the adults you should be and love your children enough to actually spend some time WITH them.

5:30AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Yea, It's really sad sometimes

8:20PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Thanks

12:01PM PDT on May 17, 2011

I could not believe that text the kid received from a girl. Kids can't be kids, society does not allow them to be.

3:29PM PDT on May 16, 2011

ty

11:07AM PDT on May 16, 2011

I hate texting. I never had a cell phone in high school (and I just graduated 2 years ago) and I survived just fine. I am so sick of kids my age constantly texting, during class, conversations with other people, during movies...ugh. I deactivated my facebook account because I got tired of the gossip and displays of narcissm. I appreciate the power technology has to create positive change in the world, but I am also tired of the way it is misused by many people.

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