I’m most terrified of any of my kids suffering their first heartbreak. I know it’s bound to happen, but seeing them sad about a lost love will just kill me! Unlike a scrape or a cut, I feel like this kind of internal injury is something I can’t prevent or cure. There’s only so much a mom can do until we stand back and let our kids work through the hard times. I’m not looking forward to it!
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Kids in the 6th grade are too young to sext, right? Well… maybe not. A Chicago-area middle school is cracking down on sexting incidents among its young students.
The school was alerted to the problem when a female student reported receiving a text of a graphic photograph, and even though the group of students is small, school officials have sent home notes to parents and posted a bulletin on their website.
They say that they’re using this as a learning opportunity for the kids in the school. They’re planning on having school counselors and social workers host a session about how technology should (and shouldn’t) be used, and they’re going to continue checking students’ phones.
I know that young kids have cell phones. I also know that my kids don’t, even though they are in a minority. There are many different circumstances where a child might have use of one, but in my opinion, I generally don’t think that kids need cell phones — particularly smartphones — until they are working or driving. Young kids don’t always have the maturity to handle the responsibility of such a device, as evidenced by this situation.
If your child has a cell phone, do you monitor its use? Do you check what comes in, and what goes out? Or do you trust your child to make the right decisions?
Even if your child doesn’t attend this middle school, if she’s old enough to have a cell phone, she’s old enough to be taught the way to use it. You can use this as an opportunity yourself to teach your kiddo how we use this sort of technology — not only as a communication tool, but for fun as well. Keep in mind, however, that there are lines we need to draw, and showing your child what’s expected is not only a good idea, it’s really essential.