Social media is here. It’s not a trend. It’s not a fad. It’s part of the atmosphere we breathe in, like oxygen. Like it or not, social media is here.
You and I who are parents of teens and preteens grew up in a very different world. I remember the first broadcast day for MTV. Remember the first video? It was “Video Killed the Radio Star.” And it was prophetic.
We also grew up at the advent of the Internet for home users, email, and social networking when it wasn’t cool.
Email started out as a kind of inter-office instant messaging system. Now, seven out of 10 people check their email a minimum of six times per day.
In the first internet generation, we would “dial up” and then “disconnect.” You could hear the modem scream and then hope for a “You’ve got mail” announcement.
Now, it’s always on. We’re absorbed in it.
I have a daughter and, as of this writing, she’s about to turn 15. I couldn’t be more proud of her maturity when it comes to social media and technology. But it’s something I think about every single day. I have two boys – currently 7 and 4 -…Continue Reading