I saw this post come across my Facebook feed this morning.
Apparently, Snap Chat has added a Maps feature. Now, anyone that is on your contact list can actually see where you are and what you are doing in real-time. The teenager was demonstrating the new feature, and Mom in the video was clearly upset and rightfully so.
This got me thinking:
How may of your kid’s friends has a phone?
How many use Snap chat?
How many are dating?
And what is to prevent any one of these kids from stalking or harassing your child via Snap Chat?
My ten-year old does not have a phone, although she tries to explain the two reasons why she should.
Her friends have one.
I can get in touch with her when she’s not home.
When you are old enough to pay for it each month, you can have one.
And if I don’t know where you are and can’t reach you, shame on me.
My job as a parent is to know whom you are with and where you are.
One parent I spoke with about this very issue said that her eight-year-old daughter’s friend has a phone. The parents are divorced, and the phone allows the Mom to contact her daughter when she’s with the father.
I have a message for the divorced Mom: if your ex won’t let you talk to the child on the phone, then there’s a bigger problem here. And putting your child in the middle of that mess by giving her a phone is only adding to the larger issue. Shame on you, Mom and Dad, for not addressing the communication issue between you two and instead laying that burden your child.
For some reason, since the cell phone revolution has taken place, more and more parents are treating their children like adults by giving them access and ownership to adult phones and content.
They are forgetting that these little people still need to grow up and develop rational thinking and reasoning without a phone to rewire their brains.
Didn’t Albert Einstein become a genius without technology in his hand?
What about Amelia Earhart?
Martin Luther King?
There are millions of examples of people who have somehow not only learned how to read, write, and create without a cell phone in their hand, but have also managed to transform the world the old-fashioned way: by thinking and creating in an active, passionate way.
By putting all-knowing technology in a child’s hands, his/her world has expanded a million times over, as well as those other kids’ worlds, too.
We’d never give our ten-year old child the keys to the car to go driving without the proper training and practice. She’s been in that car since birth, but I know the results will be deadly if I allowed her to drive it.
But parents think nothing of giving their kid a phone. If phones had capabilities of harming thier child immediately, parents would have more to consider before putting the newest Iphone in thier child’s hands.
I am sure we are going to hear more horror stories of kids being victimized by friends and strangers with all these apps that can track your kid’s every move.
And I’m sure the new school year will become much more difficult for teachers, counselors, coaches, students and parents.
So, what are you going to get your kid for his/her next birthday?
Yours in Lyme Adventures,