As children grow up in life, and especially in the 21st century, life is become more technologically enhanced. Facebook and Twitter are all over the TV, radio and newspapers. We cannot deny these things to our kids. If you think about it we had the tape players and Walkman’s when we were kids and they were the hottest thing since the introductions of the VHS. But I think that these social sites, without rules, can leave kids depressed and confused about life. Facebook is a sharing of everyone’s problems and everyone’s life in general. Not only that but bullying is a lot easier because kids do not have to leave their cell phones or computers to push others around. With Facebook and Twitter the chance of being bullied is that much higher and sometimes statuses or posts can be interpreted the wrong way. Suicides, I find, are becoming common on social sites. I will eventually allow my children to be on these sites but I need to remember that they are a somewhat of a dangerous thing to be on. Even for adults it can cause conflict of the mind and heart. People are breaking up with each other and causing fights all around. I love having Facebook as it keeps me in communication with people that I have not talked to in years, like school friends and pen pals. I am happy that Facebook has an age that they require to be on the site. It is safety for our children and their emotions and confidence.
By showing in different forms that bullying cannot be tolerated all of our children, regardless of what age, can enjoy their childhoods and be a kid for the limited time that they have. I have always told my kids that they should be kids while they can, play in the mud, roll in the snow and have fun with it. Being an adult is fun but not all it is cracked up to be.
Times are always changing and life always has its ups and downs. I also try to remember that my kids’ lives can be stressful too. I share my opinion and give them options that they can use to help their own lives. Starting small and giving them the options as to what to do is showing helping them learn how to deal with everyday life.
We all love our children and want the best for them. Take this advice or leave it. It is completely up to you. Sometimes sharing is a good way to get things out there and to help parents that are stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Parenting is a tough thing to do sometimes and we can often learn from others experiences being are good or bad. Life is all about choices and mistakes. That is just the way the cookie crumbles.