Good Digital Parenting
Jan. 16, 2014

Talking to Teens about Waiting

Project Administrator, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

This blog post first appeared on DrGreene.com. Read the original post here.

It’s not that talk, don’t worry. I mean waiting to post or share. We talk a lot about thinking before you post – don’t say something in the heat of the moment that you may regret later – but do we ever talk to teens about waiting to post?

Teens today can instantly capture and share memories – immortalizing them in feeds and timelines with the click of a button or mouse. But what if someone were to delete it all? What would they remember?

I bet my parents could tell me how it felt – and I really mean felt – to win the Division basketball title. They probably remember every detail of their prom, down to the smell of their date’s corsage or boutonniere.

Will your teen remember those things about life’s most important moments? Or, would they have lost bits and pieces because there were focused on choosing a photo filter or crafting the perfect 140 character message?

Technology has allowed us to preserve our lives in unimaginable ways. But, before posting their memories, let’s remind teens not forget what’s most important – making them.

What story or anecdote would you use to explain to your children or students the importance of waiting to post, snap, or comment? 

Cover image courtesy of DrGreene.com.