When I got out of high school, I knew I would go to college, it wasn’t even a question. I picked a major in Computer Science because, well, I can’t really offer a reason. I think because I knew there’d be a job for me at the end of it; but I had no affinity for it. I can’t even say I knew what it really was. That probably should have been my first red flag.
My eldest is about to turn 13, the age Facebook determines is mature enough to participate in their chaotically connecting community. I can no longer hide behind their rules for disallowing him access, so now I am working on preparing him.
This terrifying video has shown up on my newsfeed. Contrived or not, this was something I wanted to discuss with my kids. I sat down with my two older boys (the almost 13-year-old and the 9.5-year-old) and we watched this together. They immediately caught on to the problems.
Why did all three girls know they had to hide their activities from their parents? Because, on some level, they knew what they were doing was inherently dangerous and/or wrong. Or they just didn't trust their parents' rules and feared getting in trouble. Either way, the outcome could have been disastrous.
My boys and I made some promises to each other. We worked together to come up with this list. These promises have a direct impact on the social media aspect of life, but also serve our family as a foundation for living and working together. This is our covenant:
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