I read an editorial in the June, 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine. It really made me ponder how hard it is to raise children today.
I thought it was hard raising my own during the late 80s and early 90s, but we didn’t have smart phones or instant messaging or twitter like parents have today. I think my own mom had it the easiest. Her biggest fear was the dreaded date to the drive-in movie. That was one of my “thou shalt nots”, as in “thou shalt not go with your boyfriend to the drive-in movies.” Of course, she didn’t say anything about the forests, corn fields, and cow pastures that surrounded our little rural community.
My sister has teenagers, and one of them had to deal with a barrage of unkind Facebook comments from a friendship soured. It finally flamed out, but it made all of us realize how vulnerable these kids can be to social media.
Here is a link to the story that made me pause and contemplate this problem.
I’m glad my kids are adults, but I know my sister is having to deal with this electronic world everyday. It is a world my kids or I didn’t have to deal with, but it is something my kids’ children will have to deal with soon enough.