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Jan 4, 2010
The general public and parents of young kids haven't caught up with this subject. As parents of two teens and a blogger who writes about these issues daily, I can tell you sexting is common. One of my readers recently contacted me in a panic because her teen aged son had been asking for and receiving explicit photos from girls he knew. Although both parties tacitly gave their "approval" by sharing the photos, her son had been "found out" and she was living in a panic about what would happen to him. The exchange of nude photos is illegal and kids can have their lives ruined by the laws that throw them into the same category as "child pornographers". The law of the land has not caught up with the actions of our teens. That said, as parents we can do more to understand that teens ARE using their cell phones in potentially life-altering ways. And, you can begin to lay the foundation for "how to use technology" when they are young. Teens are impulsive but it helps if they are grounded in lessons about the cyber-world BEFORE they reach 11 years of age.
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Good point!
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Welcome to the club! I'm glad I have someone else to commiserate with. Check out my "Five Things I love to Hate about teens" today. I usually don't write stuff like that but HerBadMother was doing an "Around the World" and the subject was parenting - I didn't think there would be many of us parents of teens! If you don't identify with many of the 5 now, you will. I have a 14 boy and a soon to be 16 year girl. Life just gets more and more interesting. The newest "challenge" is the driving permit my daughter got 2 months ago. THAT is a whole 'nother definition of anxiety...
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I'm sure he "didn't realize" how popular it would be...
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I don't think people ARE upset at least I haven't heard of many. The commenters on his blog are mostly saying "go for it". As for the "baby naked on the rug"..I think this is a step much further. The kid was high and that's what everyone thinks is so funny about the video..that's the whole point. We tell our kids that it is wrong to post videos and or photos of people in compromising (drunk) situations yet when an adult does it, he gets on the Today show, wins a trip to Disneyland and starts a lucrative side business.
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Someone else mentioned carrying an egg around. I just cannot imagine how 13 year old boys made it. A sack of flour is a lot more durable than an egg! We'd have omelets for dinner every night if MY son had to carry eggs that's for sure.
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This is my my experience. I get the impression people don't KNOW what pigeon-hole to put us in!
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Good for you Cindy, In this economy,plastic surgery seems like the lowest on the list of important budget items! Myrna
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Wow Rox! Great footwork! I watched it from beginning to end and my jaw dropped. How many times (someone says this has been going on for 4 years) does it take to develop a policy? The policy should be clearly stated. Penalties set-forth and both should be stated in the student handbook. We would also expect they would educate the students about cyber-bullying.
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Even after this post, I had more to say to parents...like, "Is Your Kid a Cyber-Bully?" http://tangerinetimes.com/2009/02/is-your-kid-a-cyberbully/
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Unable to view Emily and Rox's links, I nevertheless found an interview with Paly's Principal, Dr. McEvoy. In it she discusses Facebook with her Student Interviewer. Notice the attitude of the student. He accuses "the administration" of posing as a student to "infiltrate" Facebook in order to "spy" on students. THIS is the very attitude of teens that makes it SO difficult for parents. Teenagers believe that Facebook is their place for "private" conversation. I can tell you from personal experience this goes to the very heart of the problem. http://voice.paly.net/view_story.php?id=6946
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Emily Marie and Rox - I am anxious to view the links you provided. Unfortunately,the links aren't working. Can you re-post?
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Carrie, Thank you so much for providing these excellent resources for parents that exist locally. Many people may wonder why, with all the resources available, many parents don't know how to "manage" or educate their teens in this area. I think part of the problem (that is unique to teens)is that as parents, we are "trying" to give them more independence and teens take full advantage. Also,some parents aren't comfortable with all the new terminology and, for instance, how to help their teen set up their privacy settings. How many times have you heard parents say, "They know much more than me!" and they laugh and throw up their hands as if saying,"I give up. I'll never catch up with them". I see it all the time. We need to start encouraging parents that it's OK to butt into their teens laptop use and ask what they're doing. And, encouraging them to attend these information-rich sessions you mention!
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I mis-typed the above comment. I "meant" to say...Unfortunately, it is NOT an isolated incident.
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I would like to say this is an isolated incident but I've seen many other examples. If you posted the names of ALL kids doing this kind of thing, there would be no room for the news.
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It's ironic too that there are even more women than ever that use T&A to "sell" themselves. I'm sure GoDaddy didn't have to struggle to find women who wanted to appear!
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I just thought it was so ironic, in a year when we had a female candidate for president that they would choose to continue with their campaign and even take it further...
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Have you ever seen their blog? Enlightening. It seems to me it fulfills a fantasy life for their CEO. I guess it's worked for them up till now. Let's see how it works in the new economy.
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Yes! That is mine. Gosh, that takes me back. I think I threw mine away in one move or another. That is truly a "small world" moment.
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Thank you for commenting on your experience Tania. It is really helpful to hear other parent's stories. It's difficult for teens to completely understand the concept of the"genie in the bottle", but with age they will. Your grandmother was ahead of her time.
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Thanks for commenting Alison! Since this post, I've been working with my kid's schools to set up a Parent Discussion group that meets on a regular basis to discuss these types of issues (Facebook, texting, im'ing etc) I highly recommend it for other schools as we tend to lose the "mommy groups" as our children get older and also the insight that parent feedback and experience gives us. These issues are difficult and new for everyone!
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Yes that's mine. Isn't that a "small world moment"? Myrna
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2009 on Superbowl Ads at 50-something Moms Blog
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I know!! I can't figure out why we can't spread out more of these activities....
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2008 on May Miseries at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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