I don’t have any reason to worry about this right now, but I do worry about the future. I spend more time than the average twentysomething probably should about how my kids will turn out and I need to talk about my feelings. It’s scary that kids these days get cell phones when they’re like seven years old. I didn’t get my first cell phone until middle school and I remember even that was a big ordeal. That’s also when I had my first boyfriend.. and it’s all gone downhill since… hmm.
I majored in Marketing and I have a lot of experience on all different social media platforms. I live for it. I just don’t want my kids to have access to it until they’re teenagers. I don’t want them to know what Barstool Sports, World Star, or Elite Daily are, nevermind reading or seeing some of the trash on it. I’m guilty of visiting those sites weekly and I’m not proud. The way I look at it is that if they have a question about the world/life/relationships, I want them to ask me not Google. I want them to learn from my experiences. My parents always told me about their upbringing and what they got into and my favorite part was hearing about their mindset going into it and how they felt afterwards. That’s the way you learn, through real life experience. Not the ‘social media filtered life’ where people make their lives look cooler than what it really is.
I see every child on iPads and mesmerized by Angry Birds. They know how to use their parent’s iPhones better than the parents do! I get it, okay. iPads are used in the classroom now. But, at home it’s a distraction. It’ll shut your kid up long enough so you can pee in silence. I’m not a mom so I don’t know what it’s like to not have a second to yourself or know what it’s like to take care of a little life 24/7. I just know it’s not good; I can’t really explain it. I think my “fear” stems from how dependent my generation is with their phones. We can’t spend 2 minutes off Facebook or SnapChat. We have a serious case of “fear of missing out” and I think the issue is bigger than anyone can actually see or control. You don’t see issues until they’re in your face and we’re just so used to always being connected. Until you have a little brat screaming about the shitty WiFi in Panera I don’t think you’ll see how dependent we are on the interweb. I just think it’s all going to be way out of control when I’m a mom.
Also, phone radiation. I’m not writing a research report here, but it shouldn’t be near a brain that’s still developing… I’m just saying. Oh, and cyberbullying. I don’t even want to touch on that.
In conclusion, I’ll leave you with this… WATCH THIS! I’d beat her if that were my daughter posting twerking videos on the internet. No way in hell.