Dell Inc. traveled from Texas to Manhattan and created a pop-up workspace and showroom for their laptops and new Dell Venue tablets. They hosted “She Does it With Dell” and invited Grown and Flown to speak to an audience of parenting bloggers, journalists, and moms. Skai Blue Media managed the event which also featured Stephanie Humphrey and Jamie Krell on the subjects of technology and fashion. Our talk? “Technology, Sex and Sexting,” a parenting primer on kids and social media.
Tonight I’m here to say a few words about parenting and technology…this is what we, at Grown and Flown, refer to as our Sex, Drugs, and Social Media talk.
I am a mom of two kids, a 23-year old recent college graduate son and a 17-year old daughter, a senior in highschool. My Grown and Flown blogging partner, Lisa Heffernan, has two in college and a high school senior, too. Our combined five kids have grown up concurrent with the digital age, and I sprint to try to keep up with what they know and do on social media.
I should be in better shape.
While I have also grappled with the same two big parenting issues my parents did, how to discuss sex and drugs with kids, this third area – social media and technology - created a generation of parenting tech trailblazers. But the truth of the matter is that, as social media platforms constantly evolve, we are all parenting trailblazers when it comes to the subject of technology and our kids.
When we sit down with our adolescent children to have The Talk, what if the only things we tell them on the subject of sex is “use protection?” Or say “just say no” to drugs? Would our brevity pass for good parenting? Likewise, we have to do more and say more to our kids than “be careful” when it comes to social media.
Each serious topic – sex, drugs or social media – obviously requires age-specific discussions and hands-on involvement. Parenting by slogan is just not enough.