Happy Summer to you all! As you can tell, I have taken a break from my website to enjoy some sun and fun with my family. I hope you are doing the same!
While I have taken a short break from my website, I have still been keeping up with the cyber world and it’s impact on our kids…more importantly MY kids! The younger two love watching Minecraft videos on YouTube, which requires my constant attention. The teen inevitably has a post or two that requires my attention. If it’s not the summer bikini pictures, it’s something else. Granted, it only encompasses about 10% of our summer, but it’s still social media issues to address. Has it been this way for you with the kids home for summer?
Along with summertime activities, I was recently asked to join a local panel discussing social media and the effects it’s having on our children. I have to honestly confess to you that simply having a
blog website (I hate the word blog) about social media isn’t my end goal. Using my website as a stepping stone to other educational outlets is my goal. To see it playing out is a blessing and privilege.
While I was compiling a list of resources for our next meeting, I came upon this article by Tony Anscombe from AVG Blogs. I have shared his work with your before, and today will do so again…because his articles are just that good! In this article posted on July 4, 2014, he speaks to the basic disconnect we face with today’s generation of youth vs. the generation that is parenting and teaching them. He writes:
“I remember when my son reached an age where I had to begin thinking about having those awkward father-son conversations. Older parents will recognize some of them, but parents with young kids will also know that some awkward topics are still just emerging. One of these is Internet safety and how we can keep children safe as they explore the web.
As I mused over how to raise the issue of Internet safety with my son, I discovered that many other parents were hoping that the school system would handle this for them, just like they did with sexual-education. After all it’s a team effort, right?”
Leave me a comment below. I have had so many new user registrations this summer, and would like nothing more than to hear from you even if it’s just a simple “HI” to let me know you’re out there! I’ll go first…”HI!”. Now it’s your turn…