When I was growing up in Gwinnett you knew all the neighbors were keeping an eye on you. Your mother would get a phone call if you were seen or heard doing something unacceptable around the neighborhood.
In our discussion yesterday about kids being on Skype and Face Time, FCM brought up a great point about telling your neighbors/friends if you’re seeing questionable photos or content online from their kids. She thought talking to your neighbors was a good thing, but I wondered how that would be received.
I had a situation here recently where Walsh had shown me one of his friends had made a You Tube channel. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the content other than it had a video of the child who created it. I didn’t think the parents would want that out there just because the child is young. The child is also an entrepreneur and was selling merchandise on the channel. Again I didn’t think the parents knew. I finally mentioned it kind of in a joking manner saying we were surprised to see the merchandizing. I didn’t want the parents to think I was tattling but I did want them to know what was out there.
Later I asked Walsh do you have any content online that I don’t know about. He said no and I believe him at this age. But I do think I will have to stay on top of it.
Rose likes to comment on art and fan fiction online and we talk a lot of not identifying herself or giving out any information. At this point I am more worried about people contacting my kids than my kids posting something bad. But that could come in the future.
So do you want to hear from other parents that may have seen or heard questionable things from your kids online? Would that be received well or would you think they were tattling? Would you tell other parents if you saw something questionable? How would you approach that? What level of material would it need to be for you to report it to a parent?