The other day, a parent was telling me that they had to scold their child for their inappropriate use of Instagram. They also had to reprimand them for their use of Facebook.
That got me thinking, parents have so much more to deal with than they did when we were kids.
Here's a bunch of things my parents didn't have to worry about when I was a kid:
When I was ten, no one had a cellphone. If a friend wanted to talk to me, they'd call my house. Simple. Now it seems like every other ten year old has a cellphone. And if they don't have one, they want one. You're ten. What could you possibly need a cellphone for?
The most expensive toy I ever wanted was a Furby. My dad thought they were ridiculous and wouldn't get me one, so I saved up and bought myself one for a whole $50
then never played with it ever again. That was a lot of money to me then. Who am I kidding? That's still a lot of money to me. But, now kids are asking for things like the PS4 and the XBox One, for a whole $499. $499?? Get out of here!
Don't get me wrong, safety of your child should be of utmost importance no matter what decade you were born in. But, it seems like parents worry now more than ever.
I started taking public transportation by myself when I was nine. I asked my dad if he would have let me take it by myself if I were nine now and his answer was no.
When did things change?
Ha, this took me a second to understand.
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When I first got internet, it used the phone line. When I would connect to the internet, it would make a terrible high pitched alien sound. I loved it. Even though it took about ten minutes to connect, I was so excited to have internet, I didn't care. Now, if it takes a whole 20 seconds to connect to the internet, kids start complaining and tell their parents they need to upgrade their internet.
Get on that, mom and dad.
This one is serious and it makes me sad. Since I didn't have internet until after the age of ten, I didn't have to worry about this as a child. Neither did my parents. But now, parents do have to worry about it. Cyber bullying can happen to any child at any age.
Kids can be cruel.
Parents need to carefully monitor what their children are doing on their internet and should have regular conversations with them about it. Although they don't want their child to be cyber bullied, they don't want their child to be the cyber bully either.
Maybe they're just copying Kevin Federline's kids..
That's not a good thing.
I need to end this off on a lighter note. But, I'm also totally serious. As I was writing this, I saw a kid, who I swear was only ten or eleven, with a cup of Starbucks in her hand. Um, what? First off, I hope there's no caffeine in that. Second off, is that what kids are spending their allowance money on now? I didn't even know about Starbucks until I was in my late teens. I was too busy saving up for that Furby!
What did your parents not have to worry about that they'd have to worry about now?
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