Last week a school near me suffered a social media mishap involving its students. This, an increasingly common byproduct of our day, unfortunately catches many a school by surprise. So I received this call: "Help! Can you come to our school to give an "Internet Safety" presentation? And can you keep it to under an hour?"
Most parents know they have to talk to their kids about sex, and drugs and alcohol, and many more know, that they need to include healthy relationships in these conversations. Speaking openly and preemptively about healthy intimacy versus what's seen in pornography is a natural extension of those talks.
I jumped at the chance to attend a workshop on social media for parents offered by the student council at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They began by quizzing us on our knowledge of social media. The result was an #epicfail on our part. The hour was enriching, hilarious, and a little nerve wracking. Here are a few of my take-aways.