Day 56 (of 183) mixed memories of ‘the good old days’
A week ending mix of memories of the good old days (that are rarely as good as we wish to recall) as we concluded some provincial Erase training (threat assessments).
And of course when we look at some of the video games being played by too-young kids, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t like the early graphic games of pac-man; but there is also a mid understanding of some of the ratings – M isn’t just mature like movies rated pg-13, it’s 18 and over. And I’ve spoken with many of my students about “readiness”.
When the videos of fights and drugs come out I also see shocks on others faces, but I have a slightly different perspective because when I was growing up, I remember more fights and drug use and sexual predation being more insidious and a lot more ‘he said/she said’. Now there is evidence to follow.
That’s not to say that everything is ‘better’ – it’s just not worse either. Things are different.
And as always families need to be more involved. My kids are online a lot and I am helping hen. Be mindful of their digital footprint knowing that it can have an impact on scholarships, acceptance and employment.
A tough question is what the role of schools need to be in social media ‘policing’ – that is to say, if a post tagged to a school shoes underage drinking…..
So, once again, connecting is key. There are definitely some ‘watch for’ apps (they do more bad than good) – just as there have always been some subculture hints in the past (nail polish only on pinkie finger once upon a time)
Just say no apps:
Yik Yak (note – the company has ‘stepped up’ and will respond when violent actions are mentioned & will create data fences around schools)
Text+ (turns non-phones into phones)
Savesnap (collects snapchat)
Kik (to disguise phone numbers)
Keepsafe (vault app)
The world we live in continues to change and transform at a rapid pace. My point of view is still positive as social media is forcing us to talk about things that we used to brush off. Sextortion is more than just about texting sexual images – it’s about power and control….still. Mental health & wellness is becoming more and more socially acceptable to talk about (still a long way to go) and social media events like #movember help popularize concepts like men’s health.
We might or always like what we see via digital media, but I still think it’s better that we are shining a light in some dark corners, because the more we know – the more we can’t pretend doesn’t exist.