My 12 year old son informs me that the biggest thing at his school at present is 'being on Facebook' (oh and of course texting your friends on your mobile phone). Will it happen in this house?... my 'just turned 12 year old' on facebook? with a mobile phone?.... over my dead body. But that's just me...
Some concerns of mine. I went into some of his friend's facebook pages to see what the attraction was.... mortification!.... there as plain as day... evidence already of bullying, exclusion from peer groups... and attitude! My son was in raptures last weekend, having finished his 'Memoir Assignment' for English... so excited to have discovered another composition genre and having enjoyed creating it so much.... but there, on his school peer's facebook pages... "memoirs suck", "memoirs are so gay". I don't want my son seeing that!!!, being influenced in that way by boys with such attitude...who have no respect or boundaries. What would their parents think of their facebook entries?... do their parents know?... or even care?
I also believe that home should be your haven, free from the troubles of the world. Constant text messages from friends or foes, facebook posts, directed at teasing or excluding peers, don't allow young ones freedom from their daily social pressures. I believe my son needs to form a solid sense of self before he is exposed to more of these pressures.... there are enough of these pressures in daily school life.
Goodness, I even get bullied through MY blog..... apparently I am a "Rodeo Clown" for choosing to chase my dreams ..... oh and my house looks like a 'furniture catalogue'...ha..... (quick sidetrack - great discussion on 'blog jealously' over at The Skirted Round Table HERE). “The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” -William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693. HERE.
Sorry I digress...... where was I?..... oh yes... so.... no mobile phone and no facebook for 'just turned 12 year olds' in this house...oh the teen years are going to be fun!
My thoughts. Yours?