Moments of Motherhood: Trust me, I read it on the Internet

A new Moments of Motherhood column is up at the Armchair Mayor News and this week I discuss how we rely on the Internet perhaps a little too much when we become parents. While it has plenty of great tips and advice, it has twice as many bad ones and not-necessarily-good advice.

Here’s a preview, and as always, click on through to read the rest:

There are endless things you can look up on the Internet. Whether it is a recipe for the perfect pulled pork sandwich filling or complete lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ latest hit, the Internet is a wonderfully endless world of tip, tricks, and useless knowledge.

We as a society are drawn to the Internet these days as our go-to source for finding things out. No longer are trivial disputes drawn out over months on end; a simple visit to Wikipedia (even though its legitimacy is frequently questioned) can nip heated debates in the bud. [continue reading …]

Kids These Days

The other day I was stalking my way through Facebook, minding my own business, when I noticed that someone’s kid had a Facebook account. And I’m not talking about someone my age, since we’re all someone’s kid and all. I’m talking about a 6-year-old.

Now, what the hell does someone that young need a Facebook account for? I know … it’s the games, right??? I suppose that’s allowed, but should these kids had “open” profiles? I clicked on this little girl’s profile link and I could see all of her pictures, who her friends were, etc. This, I thought, was not cool.

Any creep and pervert could click on this little girl’s profile, start a conversation with her, and abduct her. (An extreme thought, I know, but I’m serious!) All it takes to prevent something like this to happen is to “close” her account to people she’s not “friends” with and have people not be able to sere her info, including her picture. And sure, the parents may say “Oh, we supervise our kids 24/7 when they’re on the computer”, but are they really?

Maybe it’s just because I never had computer games and such when I was little. I was happy with my NES and playing boardgames by myself. And what are we setting our children up for the future if all we show them when they’re young is computer games and Internet? It’s no wonder why kids these days are becoming more and more anti-social.

Why are parents doing this??