A select few of you may have seen this last week on Facebook. My daughter Lesli was being a typical teenager and forgot to think before posting comments on her wall. In between her two last posts we had at least two text messages, plus one phone call where she understood the potential consequences of her comments. As I told Lesli during our phone call, just as the sarcastic statements were public the apology also needed to public. After all, we have seen many examples of celebrities embarrassed when rumors spread on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.
- Lesli Co
- THEN GET OFF FACEBOOK! and off of my status:) February 25 at 9:11am
- Lesli I’m sorry that I spoke to you like that… February 25 at 1:15pm
- Mom Apology accepted. In the future, don’t type what you wouldn’t say in person. Anyone who knows you,
or me, knows you COULDN’T say that in person. February 25 at 1:19pm
If you met us you can imagine that this conversation would never happen in person. At the moment we were each behind our screens, Lesli thought I would understand her wit as banter. Any adult reading the posts might have thought this was attitude. Even worse, if these posts had involved anyone besides me (such as between two teens), one of them could possibly be accused of harassment or cyberbullying.
If you’re reading this post, regardless of your age, please take a look at ConnectSafely, CyberBully411 and GetNetWise. All these sites have resources for parents and teens. As an added bonus, some very big names (such as Google and Verizon) have joined forces to create the first NetSafetyApp for smartphones. Please take a look at all the information and tools available at these sites. Better safe than sorry, right?
Let’s start a discussion .. do you think I did the right thing, asking for a public apology and then writing this post?