This first “Rule” of the #SweetSixteen in “@Sophie Takes a #Selfie” ~ Rules and Etiquette for Taking Good Care Before You Share, is also one of my favorites.
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Many of these “secret accounts” do in fact belong to young people. Many of them are (ironcially?) PUBLIC (i.e., not private).
Many of them include the following hashtags:
The list goes on…I know, I know – we don’t want to or are afraid to talk about this. Are we all wandering around just hoping it’s not our kid? What if we all started paying closer attention and potentially saved a life?
An example of a bio on a secret-public-account:
– Selfharm, depression, anxiety, anorexic”
Bottom line. If you want to know what your kids are doing online you have to talk with them…and cyberstalk them. Yes, I can hear people saying “But what about their privacy?” “Don’t they deserve their precious privacy?”
The answer is yes, kids do deserve privacy. First, they must earn our trust- and even then, we must continue to have an open dialogue. Every child is different. We all think we know our kids, right? Well, let’s get to know them even better.
First and foremost kids need to understand that there is NO REAL PRIVACY online or when communicating on a phone.
Conversations need to start earlier. Parents need to seriously consider all of the safety measures available once they have decided to allow their child to become socially active.
Here is an informative slideshow via PC Magazine on Bitdefender Total Security 2013.
There are many parental control software options available today. Do some research and find out which one is best for your family.
My intention here is to open eyes, raise awareness and inspire more thoughtful communication.
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This is proof that no matter where you live in this great big world, no matter your perceptions, if there are kids with access to social media, there are parents who are concerned about keeping their kids safe online.
“Sophie” is officially on the international map!
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I see a lot of people focused on trying to keep up with and provide extensive details about the latest apps and why they are potentially harmful to our kids.
This is a monumental, energy sucking, eye-gouging endeavor.
Fingers have been recently pointed at Yik Yak, a new social app making headlines for being used inappropriately, and dangerously, by high school students across the country, as outlined in Huffington Post Screen Sense. My favorite line in the article:
After finding out how Yik Yak was being used by watching the news, the pair immediately contacted Apple and requested an expedited review for their new app, which they were granted; this enabled them to quickly change the app’s age rating to 17+ (parents take note: you can place restrictions on under-17-year-old children’s phones that block them from downloading apps based on this rating).
The apps will change, but my message is universal. I will continue to focus on promoting more thoughtful communication among young people (and adults) and encourage parents to carefully consider when to allow their kids to become “socially active”.
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Gone are the days of destroying the negatives. Back in the “old days” adoring fans of Marilyn Monroe only learned of her many issues with drink, drugs and men in retrospect. Her insecurities and fragility were skillfully hidden by her handlers and Marilyn herself, who had final approval over all of her photographs.
Today we are free to watch the lives and reputations of celebrities, politicians and young people everywhere, implode in real time. I can’t help but wonder what Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Child (who would have been 102 last week) and, of course, my beloved grandmothers, would think about this digital age and the ability for young people (and all of us) to share everything.
I was inspired over the summer to write “@Sophie Takes A #Selfie”, a small but mighty little book of rules and etiquette for girls ages seven to seventy-seven. It is written with my own daughters in mind and with the desire to encourage them and young ladies everywhere to be the kind of girls today that the self-assured, successful, grown-up women of tomorrow can look back on with confidence and pride. I hope to inspire more thoughtfulness in the way young people communicate and interact with one another. I hope to encourage conversation and awareness between parents and kids about what constitutes appropriate online behavior.
I look forward to sharing it with you soon and have created this fun space to start conversations and share information as an extension of the book once it has been published.
Many thanks to all of you who have encouraged me to pursue this project! I appreciate you more than I can say here.
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned ~
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