"Just some food for thought…I just wanted to share this little gem of what happened this morning. I have a 13 y/o daughter.
A. Guess who hung out yesterday?
A. Jane, Dick, Tom & Harry! (said in a very disappointing tone - you know, like she didn’t get invited to the party)
Me. Really? Well that’s cool.
I could tell her heart was breaking because she was not invited. I tried to explain there’s a million reasons and situations that could’ve happened to allow this group to hang w/o her - and honestly who cares - if they didn’t document it on social media she never would’ve even known. But, kids this age can’t think logically past their feelings at this age.
I tried to make light of it - I told her she was still just as loved by them today as she was yesterday despite not hanging out with them, but I feel so bad for our kids today. THIS is what is causing our kids anxiety and low self-esteem. THIS RIGHT HERE! I feel like we are all out there looking for ‘code words’ and mean posts, etc.
This was a post no parent would’ve thought of as offensive or hurtful - yet it was.
When our kids watch everyone’s lives on social media it’s like not being invited to the party EVERY. DAY. It’s hurting our kids so I urge us all to really think about how much usage we are allowing our kids - not just because of predators and foul language and take the opportunity to engage your kids in conversation about the posts they are seeing."
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