I find it so frustrating how little young people consider their actions on social media sites. They don’t seem to respect the fact that what you post will be there forever. And really, your online persona can be a resume for your future. Would you want the prospective employers at your dream job looking at pictures of you drinking or doing drugs? What about looking provocative in your bathing suit? What about your future children? Is that the example you want to set for them? I am embarrassed for the children of the future who have to live through the lack of thinking their parents did at a young age. And how do you get across to a teen that knows it all, that they are hurting their future with this lack of intelligence?
Now don’t get me wrong I think social media is a great way to stay connected online. Posting about your life and accomplishments and even your thoughts is a great outlet for an unsure teen to express their feelings. But when these kids don’t truly understand the repercussions of their actions, who is to help? Should there be monitors for these sites and inappropriate photos be taken down? There is a reason why tattoo parlors have an age requirement, well social media is like a tattoo. Those pictures and posts will never go away. How are we to protect our kids from themselves? Or is it to be a hard lesson learned? I know I’m glad my parents wouldn’t give me permission to get a tattoo of a magic mushroom on my leg when I was 16 years old.
Needless to say I know why there are age restrictions for these sites, however it doesn’t seem to help much. So what do we do now? Suggestions?