This post by Jennifer Flaten
We bought the girls smartphones, albeit the cheapest ones possible, for their thirteenth birthday. This was not a gift I took lightly. In order to get the smartphones the girls had to demonstrate their responability by keeping their previous phones, simple cheap flip phones, charged and undamaged for a year.
They also had to agree to use limits (always turned into us at bedtime), and to “friend” us on their social networks.
So, far it’s gone very well. They, of course, have turned into text monkeys who can spend 3 hours exchange 250 one word texts with their friends, but they also text us at random times during the day to tell us funny jokes, share their day or just say I love you.
When the girls started, chatting with me about funny cat pictures and showing my husband Star Wars memes they found on Instagram he suddenly felt left out. This is a man who until now had no electronic footprint; he didn’t Facebook, never joined Linkedin and had no hits on Google.
Sure, he used his smartphone to get directions, order Chinese food, read car mags, and download Star Wars wallpaper, but that’s it. Then the girls started showing him funny Star Wars memes on instagram and cool projects on pintrest.
All of a sudden, he wanted in. One night he sat down had the girls explain to him how the networks worked and off he went pinning and graming.
I love, love, love hearing the three of them discussing a funny meme they shared or seeing the pictures of them raking leaves. I also get a huge kick out of my husband telling me someone repinned his Star Wars pin or so, and so is now following him.
Now if only I could get him to accept my friend request on Facebook.