What your kids are posting online could come back to haunt them--and you!
During her interview with Diane Sawyer, Amanda Knox, the American college student studying abroad who served four years in an Italian prison for murdering her roommate, said that "everything she ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life, came back to haunt her." The stories she shared with "friends" on social media about her feeling "proud" about her one-night stands and marijuana "vice" further reinforced the images that the Italian press were creating, branding her a "seductress" and "a sexual thrill-seeker." She said that she wants "to be reconsidered as a person."
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Regardless of whether you believe that she's guilty or not, as a mom I can't help think about the topic that often dominates my conversations with my 17-year old daughter. I tell her that her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter images are conveying a one-dimensional and not so positive message on who she really is. She's not posting about what she's learned in her AP classes, how well she's done in school, her take on the latest book she's read, the myriad of cuisines she's sampled over the month or other topics that add depth to who she is. Her stories and pictures are focused on her scantily clad (stunning) body, the parties, the underage drinking and many of the aspects that define a normal teen. Yet, what do her posts say to the hundreds of "friends" who follow her or want to get to know her?
Do you monitor your kids' online behavior? What do you think about their stories and images?