It really sucks to be in your thirties and not be able to influence the younger generation. There are so many young people I would like to shake and say, “hey you don’t know everything, trust me, one day you will see.”
The thing is, I think there were people telling me the same thing when I was young and I didn’t listen to them. I thought I knew better or they were too old to understand my generation. Now the tables have turned.
It is so easy for me to criticize the younger generation but I probably wasn’t much different at their age. The only difference is back when I was younger they did not have Facebook, Twitter, and all of these other social media sites.
This week a young East Texas Teen was killed in a car wreck. On the same day as her death a lot of her teenage friends were posting remarks about it on a social media site. The remarks were most likely harmless but from a thirty year old eye’s the remarks were tasteless, inappropriate and insensitive. I had several of my over thirty crowd friends make comments about the insensitive comments.
Here is the rub. Where are the parents of these whippersnappers? I understand these young kids not understanding their comments are inappropriate. I don’t understand why the parents aren’t making them remove the comments.
Once when I was in junior high my mom found notes that me and my friends had written to each other. The notes contained foul language and we made fun of a less fortunate girl. Not only did I get grounded, my mother made me invite the young lady I made fun of over for lunch. I learned a lot that weekend. I would like to say that me and that young lady became lifelong friends but that would be a lie; however, I never made fun of her again. I did learn that making fun of people for no reason would have consequences. I learned that my mother was smart and I couldn’t hide things from her.
I feel as parents, it is our duty to stay on top of our children. We have to stay one step ahead of them and monitor them. Of course we can’t catch everything but we have to try. You have to try to teach them lessons now so one day when they are thirty they can look back and say what is wrong with this younger generation.
I hid my notes in a shoebox in the back of my closet. My mom obviously went through my things and found my notes. I didn’t see it as a violation because she always made it clear that my room was her room because it was in her house. The same goes now for internet accounts. Parents need to have access to all of their children’s email accounts and social media accounts. They also need to monitor it.
I am sure if any young people read this they will not agree. I understand: Just wait until you are thirty.
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