Fear Of Missing Out

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving this week had a wonderful holiday.

My husband and I always go to his mother’s for a fabulous feast. Spending time with my family makes my heart happy.

Thanksgiving to me is a time to reflect on the good things happening in my life. Thank you from my grateful heart for reading my research each week and for caring about children.

I’m the first to acknowledge my weekly news is dark. Focusing on the important topic of crimes happening at schools, in my opinion, is sad but necessary.

Just like the #MeToo movement which is a sensitive subject so are crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Neither of these offenses affects everyone but everyone should care and want to see fewer occurrences.

BLOG POST #139: This week, I’m sharing positive news about a program to limit social media usage for young children.

Need To Know Now

Almost everyone has heard of ‘FOMO.’ The fear of missing out on something, it could be news, gossip, events, etc.

In today’s world where information is readily accessible and updates every nanosecond, our attention span is getting shorter, and our desire to be ‘in the know’ is getting greater.

Everyone Is Doing It

Can kids voluntarily stay off social media until mature enough to handle it? Close to impossible when their friends are all on social media.

Have you ever restricted your child from using social media and then found out they’ve been sneakily using their devices during the night to access social media?

You may think ‘not my child’ or ‘never happening in my home.’ I have a friend who took her son’s device away, plugged in to charge next to her bed. As she rose to use the restroom in the middle of the night she stepped on the child slyly playing on the device. #TrueStory

The Pledge

I recently read about a Social Media Pledge, and I’m hopeful it’ll catch on. Students sign a pledge to stay off social media until 8th grade when they’re better prepared to handle a sometimes violent and often bullying world.

An attorney/mom was inspired to present the pledge concept after hearing a detective speak about the emotional and physical dangers children face on social media.

Parents can see success with a Social Media Pledge when they band together.

Power In Numbers

One parent telling their child they can’t use social media when all the friends are using it is a tough position to hold. The pledge concept forms an alliance between parents in a community who agree to enforce the pledge. When none of the friends are on social media, the restriction is no longer an issue for dispute.

I see the SM Pledge as success on two fronts. It keeps younger children off social media, and it opens a dialogue between parents and children about the potentially harmful or hurtful content on social media.

Check it out: Social Media Pledge

What do you think about the Social Media Pledge? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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