OK~ I'm shaking my head again tonight. I'm reading the details about another school shooting and how there were signs on social media that this teen had issues. When are we going to wake up and realize that we have a HUGE problem on our hands? The problem being, our teens reach out for help through social media and everyone ignores it.
I will not glorify this young man and share his social media channels, but I can tell you that they are disturbing. It seems that this same type of thing happens time and time again. After the "bad" thing happens 9 times out of 10, it is reported that their were signs on social media that things were not going well.
Now I'm not going to point fingers in this particular case, but make a general statement. Where are the parents when it comes to social media and their kids? If parents would simply track where their kids go online, things like this would have less of a chance of happening. Sure, teens argue that it is an invasion of privacy. Really? Who is responsible for their actions until they are 18 and who is paying the phone bill?
There are easy ways to track where kids go online. U.S. Cellular offers a parent/child protection agreement, and I know other cell phone companies do the same. Another fantastic resource is WebSafety. I often hear parents say that these protection plans are too expensive. My answer to that is, "You give them a $700 computer and you are not going to protect them for maybe $10 a month?" Go figure, this Mom doesn't get it.
WebSafety is a new app that will give your family security. From monitoring porn that your children view online to all photos that are uploaded to your children's social media accounts, this app has it all!
I know for a fact that teens are swaying away from Facebook because Moms and Dads are there. Just recently I spoke to a high school business class on being an entrepreneur and using social media. These students said they had Facebook accounts but did not use it because Mom and Dad were there. They prefer to use Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat because Mom and Dad are not there. Do you see where this is going?
Our kids are smart! Let's ban together and protect our kids. When we, as adults, see something in question with a teen online, such as Twitter. We need to be involved as soon as possible. It's a fact, too many of our kids are dying from events that could have been prevented if someone was monitoring their social media accounts.
So, I challenge you! Will you get involved to help a young person when you see something questionable through social media? I hope you will do what is right and step up to help our teens! This Mom is working hard to educate folks locally and I can tell you that it is difficult. Families do not want to admit that their communities have these problems. Go out in your community and be the change - your kids and community will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?