Childhood 2.0 – Social Media and Kids…
This isn’t your typical show telling you the dangers of social media, this somehow takes a parent deeper into a world that we did not grow up in, but is a real world that our kids are in and they are navigating it without us being able to truly understand it. Because we simply didn’t experience growing up with social media.
The conversations the kids, tweens and teens in this program have are very honest. While, bullying, teasing, and not feeling good about yourself are all things every generation has had to face, his generation faces it in a very intense way.
How would you handle turning on your phone and being faced with a 25 person bullying text message strand, that won’t stop? Can you imagine, twenty five people calling you stupid, ugly, a looser and so much worse and not stopping? I am an adult and I would find that hard.
While, social media can be a relentless assault on a child, tween and teen it can also be a way to receive a subtle shun. Parents may not notice when their teen’s name isn’t tagged in a group photo of daughter with her friends, for instance. But your daughter will notice the shun. Or the pictures of birthday parties or last minute social gatherings that they were not invited to but show up in their feed. What about the unnerving moment when they go to tag a friend and find out they were blocked.
The drive for “likes” on their photos and the nonchalant way the teens in the film acknowledge that “showing skin” gets more likes is particularly hard for parent to hear.
With COVID we are more isolated and kids are on screens for hours every day and these types of situations are heightened. They are isolated more than usual…but not alone..they have access to social media.
Maybe you know all this – maybe we are coming late to the party, but either way this film might then be a reminder of how particularly hard it can be to grow up in our digital world right now.
The documentary is free to watch and might not be bad to watch with your kids