The consequences of technology

Teenagers, Nudity, Cell Phones and Social Media: The Parenting Nightmare of 2013, Huffington Post, March 19, 2013

An interesting article in three parts. In the first part, the author reviews a recent case of girls taking snapshots of themselves nude and sending them out via cellphones to their friends. They think the photos will “self-destruct,” but the problem is they don’t. They spread like wildfire.

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The authorities act appropriately and work to destroy all photos in cyberspace, but as the article states, who knows where the pics may pop up on the future.

In the second part, she muses on how tied she is to using cellphones as a way for her to stay in instant touch with her own child and how indispensable this connection has now become to her and her child. So she couldn’t possibly give it up.

I wonder why the connection is so necessary even though until recently such a possible connection was technically impossible, and kids usually turned out okay.

In the third part of the article, the author interviews a developer of a website that offers parents advice on how to deal with their and their children’s issues and concerns regarding the using of cellphones. The major point here seems that, if you’re going to give your underage child a smart phone, then you the parent need to know a heck of a lot about how powerful the phone is and be able to handle it deftly yourself so that your child won’t be as likely to get into trouble with it because you’re not supervising the thing tightly enough.

Wow, it sure is a lot to ask of overly busy parents!