Despite all of the new technology, many parents still seem to have few rules about use of media by their children and adolescents. In a recent study, two-thirds of children and teenagers reported that their parents have “no rules” about time spent with media. (Wow!)
The numerical value of all their ‘likes’, ‘followers’ and ‘friends’, do not present an accurate picture of the quality of their social experiences, the total of their abilities or a reflection of their worth.
I am not implying that every child is a suicide risk, or that every parent needs to hang over their child’s shoulder all afternoon.
However, every child will have access to some form of bullying behaviour, other online content and myriad discussions, yet no one knows our children like we do. We can monitor body language, conversations and content, far better in the lounge room than when hidden behind a closed door.
There are currently hundreds of articles demanding that young men respect young women – and so they should (I have written, and will continue to write, these myself). Such posts are flooded with approving comments likes and shares. Indeed, because for too long, our daughters have been expected to serve simply as brainless eye candy for many men.
However, something has become blindingly apparent, and this is the major point being missed