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  • lisa4 Feb 28, 2013

    There is a movie out now about the social media & teens. My cousin's church has shown the movie "Finding Faith". Eric Estrada was there - he plays in the movie & I think produced the movie. It is based on true events. I just received my copy in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to watch it with my daughter.

  • ctya Feb 27, 2013

    The parents are just as bad as the children in some cases. So who checks the parents accounts and time used. Some parents only facetime their children and wonder why they are disconnected.

  • working for deadbeats Feb 27, 2013

    Maybe parents should be parents. Just saying. Saying NO is not deadly and does not cause permanent scars.

  • Good Bye WRAL Feb 27, 2013

    I have a hard time keeping up with my real family and friends. I don't need virtual friends to keep up with, too! If you don't have enough friends, get to know your neighbor - they might actually be able to help you when you need it.

  • Thornes Feb 27, 2013

    Just a side note, went to CNN to see what's going on with them and they posted this earlier, It relates to this article in a way..... Be Aware.

  • Good Bye WRAL Feb 27, 2013

    This was a more balanced and practical article than I expected going in. Parents need to be more than aware of their kids online activities, but actively involved in their online profiles and use. Anybody with an online profile (like this on WRAL) might as well be standing on a busy street corner wearing a signboard that says who they are and what they stand for (true or false). There is nothing truly private on the internet!

  • Thornes Feb 27, 2013

    Let's See.

    1.Child is telling parents what they can and cannot do.
    2.Parents are becoming the children

    I think that social media has it's place, making money, personal career networking, business advertising, but nowhere do I see the need for a child under the age of 16 being connected to a Army of other children.
    There have been acts of violence, perverts, and terrorist, lol. If all the parents think that each child needs a social outlet other than personal contact with other children, then I suggest you get your act together.
    I have seen good kids that go to church, hang out with family at gatherings, softball team, A-B students go off the deep end when they get online.

    You don't have to be paranoid, but be very AWARE of what your children are doing.

    You are the Parents, act like one. This is not a reality show it is all very real.

  • heeling84 Feb 27, 2013

    they should run a story about parents that spend too much time on facebook, and not enough time parenting they're out of control kids.

  • NYtoNC81 Feb 27, 2013

    thewayitis: I see absolutely no value to social media, neither for adults nor children. My kids are 10 and 13, and they have yet to interact online in this way. Since they know their parents scoff at Facebook, etc, my kids have not shown a lot of interest, either.

    Me: You need to be more open-minded if you see no benefit. I'm a far more informed person thanks to things like Twitter and RSS feeds. You only get out of it, what you put in to it. In other words, if you follow good sources it is incredibly easy to become more informed.

  • TehFamine Feb 27, 2013

    I wasted a lot of time growing up online. So much I did poorly in school and never went to college. I was in everything including the big AOL craze and various online games before big graphical online games came into play today. It helped me land a job in the video game industry working on multi-million dollar games where I traveled the world from right here in North Carolina for almost 7 years. Now I work in digital marketing making a great salary all because being online made me extremely tech-savvy and above the curve. I wouldn't hinder the digital age because you're afraid of it, learn to hone it.

  • aprilhunter220 Feb 27, 2013

    This is what is wrong with alot of parents today they try to be the childrens friends instead of their parents. I am in my 40's
    and I remember having a little bit of fear of my parents. I didn't want to get into trouble so I stayed out of it. We need to go back to be PARENTS not friends.

  • HomeBrewDude Feb 26, 2013

    Here is the thing - we need Mobile Device Management tools for the average parent. Kids will always figure out the rules - as parents we must be smarter. Or, have tools that are.

  • Tug Boat II Feb 26, 2013

    “Finch warned parents that keeping technology away from their children isn’t the answer, and fear-based education doesn’t work. Those who deny their children access to the Internet and social media are setting themselves up for a power struggle, “and you’re not going to win,” she said.”

    Sorry I disagree, this person is the product of the “Never deny children anything syndrome”
    Parents need to be parents, children don’t know what is good or bad and it’s the parents responsibility to TEACH their children. Children need to be taught, not coddled in the Dr. Spock ideas and philosophy; those ideas are proven failures and disasters. I sometimes if our society has ever learned from those disasters of the past generations.

  • jetset Feb 26, 2013

    Parents are to blame. They need to be more involved. They need to stop this madness of giving their children phones with interet, etc. Just because Joe down the street has one doesn't mean your child has to have one. Quit trying to keep up with "The Jone's" so your child will be popular. E sure and monitor what your child is wearing to school. No skin tight jeans and low cut blouses. Yes, parents are to blame. Quit tring to be their friend.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Feb 26, 2013

    This is a simple part of parenting, son, you don't need to waste your time on scoial media like mommy and daddy, do your homework and see if you can accomplish more than mommy and daddy when you grow up.

  • discowhale Feb 26, 2013

    When I was a teen, it was JUST using and tying up the home phone that was a big deal to parents. Then it got to be cable TV and [OMG] that holder of most TV filth and smut, HBO. Many kids couldn't, or were told not to watch, HBO unless mom or dad was there for approval of "X" show on HBO.

    My kids are grown, and they have kids. I'm amazed at what the grandkids think they 'deserve' and what they 'think' they should have to do or not do. And they're not too bad in either category for kids now, compared to some I see / hear.

    I hear adults whining about stuff they 'HAVE' to buy, or what their kids 'CAN'T' live without. My parents, my wife's parents and then my wife and I, AS parents, had an old fashioned, one syllable, two letter word that most parents are scared to DEATH to use now.


    Where is it written that 13 thru 18 y/o's MUST have all this stuff? What did. "...but ALL my friends have one", get YOU when you were THEIR age?

    So who's wrong then, YOU, or your parents?

  • Ex-Republican Feb 26, 2013

    I say block it all. The only "social media" a kid needs is what I had as a teenager; a landline telephone.

  • thewayitis Feb 26, 2013

    I see absolutely no value to social media, neither for adults nor children. My kids are 10 and 13, and they have yet to interact online in this way. Since they know their parents scoff at Facebook, etc, my kids have not shown a lot of interest, either.

  • yinyangtkdgirl Feb 26, 2013

    zenonx6 - I completely agree. They need more imagination, outdoor play, sun, fresh air. Children can have computer time, but they need to be kids first - run around, play, and be goofy!

  • archmaker Feb 26, 2013

    just when parents had learned to put the family computer in the living room where they can monitor what websites their teens were going to, we now have given them smart phones with unlimited internet surfing whereever, whenever, looking at whatever.

  • zenonx6 Feb 26, 2013

    They need to get rid of the " I have to be entertained all the time thing". These habits will only lead to ruin.

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