This post has been stuck in my head for a few days now.
The other day I was reading through my blog roll when I read a post by Nicole at Planning with Kids called Teens and Social Media.
I watched the you tube clip, I read her post, and I thought about it and thought about it. I'm a long way off having to worry about this, but it worries my nonetheless.
As I watched the clip, I not only thought about the fact that everyone has Facebook, Blogs, You tube, etc to me what really struck a cord was the capturing of life in the first place.
What I mean by this is, when I was a teenager, some of us had cameras, but we didn't take them every where we went. We might take them with us once every now and then. I have photos of special occasions, that's about it.
But now, teenagers are taking photos of everything, and that is no exaggeration. Photos of themselves most days, posing, some poses, questionable. Might seem like a bit of cheeky fun now, but in 10 years time? And given that everyone has smart phones these days, everyone has a camera / video on them at all times, and they are not afraid to use it.
I think I turned out OK, but I was one of those teenagers. I lived in the country and I did go out and experiment with underage drinking, I have lived those scenes in that clip drinking, having fun and I have finished up by the side of the toilet before! But no one was there with a camera to record every minute of it.
I cringe to think. I was young, I was foolish, but I'd hate to think that others would capture that and then circulate it online. I wouldn't want to be judged as an adult, as a mother, by my actions as a teenager. But this is the potential for kids these days.
And I mentioned earlier, that I don't need to worry about this right now, but I still feel sad for the kids that get caught up in these situations now, and it makes me feel sick to imagine what else we will have to deal with in another 10 years time.
Anyway, I was really moved by the clip and Nicole's post and felt compelled to share it. You can read her post here and watch the clip below.