Written by Emily
Kids are a lot of things: curious, fun, playful, silly. And also stupid. Stupid+curious+fun+playful+silly leads to twerking in front of some guy’s camera phone during Spring Break, which becomes footage for Girls Gone Wild, the web edition…or worse.
In my day (yes, I’m saying that), we got our information from someone’s hot breath whispering in our ears while we ducked behind the seats on the school bus. And while the vast majority of that information was probably misconstrued, blown out of proportion or horribly inaccurate, the whole world didn’t have access to it because even the most vocal Sirens couldn’t do what the internet can do with a single “post”, “tweet”, or “send”.
The game has changed. But kids remain stupid and curious and fun and playful and silly. And so, naturally, I’m terrified.
To help me sleep at night, I created some graphics to help my kids navigate the social media waters. The outlets will certainly change by the time my little ones will have access to the World Wide Web, but I’m fairly certain these guidelines will translate.
And because I don’t want to censor my children completely (I’m not a monster)…
Before I tattoo these snazzy reminders onto my kids’ bodies, I want to make sure they’re thorough. What did I miss? We’re talking about my children’s futures, so don’t be shy.