I'm fed up.
So I'm just going to say it.
Moms and Dads if your kids have a facebook or a twitter - you better be on there reading it.
I mean it.
Read their posts and tweets.
Read your child's FRIENDS posts and tweets.
It is not snooping.
It is your duty.
Your child is making decisions online to present themselves to the world everyday through those avenues.
If they were capable of making consistently good decisions they would not be required by law to be in the care of a parent or guardian.
Don't you care?
Don't you care what language they use?
How they speak to the opposite sex?
What of your private business they are posting?
What deeds they may be bragging about?
If they are bullying another kid?
If your kid is being bullied?
Who is having the parties?
Who brags about drugs and alcohol?
Who lies and lies and lies?
You would be shocked at what is going on in their technological world.
Don't let them lock you out with passwords and parameters.
What are they trying to hide from you?
I tell my kids - if it isn't something you would say or do in front of your grandparents, perhaps it isn't something you should be saying or doing in cyberspace.
Explain to me what I am supposed to think about those kids who call themselves "friends" and I have known them as well as their parents for years - some since PRESCHOOL - when I read the things done and said!
If I read underage teens are drinking beer at someone's house - what do I do?
Mind my own business and hope that no one gets hurt?
What happened to the days that all adults worked together to raise children in a community?
The days when you knew if ANY parent caught you - they would tell your parents.
It does take a village...
but the village has to be willing.
It is more than apparent whose parents are involved in monitoring their child's use of facebook and twitter and who is not.
What your child is putting onto the internet is out there FOREVER!
It becomes their reputation.
It is the image they are presenting to the world.
You are their parent.
Be in their business.
Help them make better choices.
You are their advocate.
It is your job.