I imagine that is something a future teenager might know, based on the fact that so many teenagers today share every single thought, feeling and brain fart on the various social networking sites. Talk about a different idea of parenting! As a kid, I’m sure many of you saw your parents as parents not like actual thinking, feeling, sexual human beings. But for this next generation of kids, they could potentially know everything about their parents’ adolescence, like everything.
This has positive and negative consequences. In a way, it might be good for a kid to know that their parents really did feel every single emotion they’ve felt and just as intensely too. When you’re 15, it’s hard to think of your mother or grandmother as having strong, head-over-heels feelings for someone, but it’s true. That kind of knowledge could lead to a deeper bond.
But on the other hand, there is a such thing as TMI. Should someone’s child really know about the guy she cheated on his dad with in 11th grade? Is it crucial that a kid knows that his dad was an internet thug who was big into under-aged drinking? Some stuff just doesn’t need to be shared. I have a lot of family members on Facebook now and some of my younger relatives have actually de-friended me! There are various reasons for why this occurred, but the main thing is that they were posting things that they did not want their big cousin/aunt to see. Yeah okay, but what about 30 years from now? Will their teenage offspring be able to access all this info that they’ve dumped into cyberspace? There’s a good chance that the answer is yes and that is really scary to me.
I’m 30 years old and I think most people around my age respect the power of the internet. We understand that things are never really erased because we saw this whole culture in its baby stages right before it became a part of everyday life. Teens today though seem to either not understand that or not really care. All I know is, I’m really curious to see the first crop of teens from today’s teens.
What say you LID readers? Is the TMI culture that pervades most social networking site going to be a blessing or a curse for parenting the next generation?