I feel sorry for a lot of kids these days. As parents, we think nothing of sharing cute stories about and pictures of our kids all over our social networks. But some parents also feel comfortable complaining about their kids…sharing all the things they do that make their parents crazy. These are things that parents from the beginning of time have complained to other parents about. It makes us all feel slightly better about our parenting skills. But never before have these conversations been quite so visible or permanent.
Because everything we post online has the potential to stay there. Permanently.
So now let’s fast forward 20 years. Your child is trying to get a job. That employer does the standard search online to find out more about your child. And what surfaces are all those comments you made about how irresponsible your child is, how he drives you crazy, what a slob she is. Standard kid stuff. But how can that employer be sure your child has grown out of that stuff?
It feels a bit like we’re stacking the cards against our kids. If that job has two equally qualified candidates, and one person has nothing but stellar online content, and the other has her mother complaining about her behavior, which one is the employer more likely to select?
When it comes to our conversation about our kids online, I think we need to use more discretion. What we share simply to amuse our friends could really hinder our kids’ futures.
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