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  1. Andrea W
    November 17, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Yep and yep. My kids are 8 and almost 13, and neither has any sort of social media account. And everyone is okay with that (my oldest is just not interested in that sort of thing…yet.) My 13 yr old niece has had IG and FB for years, and I truly think that it is a mistake at her age even though her accounts are private and her parents monitor them. It's just too young in my opinion. Even if she isn't doing anything wrong it's way to easy to come across those who are in this world we live in. I had my IG public, then private, then I got rid of it, then opened a new account. I find I enjoy sharing the things I come across. For now, it's public. But in the spring we may be moving to the UK, to a small town, and I might find I feel better if it goes back to being a private account. If not, I will certainly be far more selective of the pictures I take.

    It's sad to say that we have to be vigilant about these things, which is so different from when I was a child, but it is reality. The sooner we open our eyes and set limits for our kids, the better it is for everyone.

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    • Julie
      November 17, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

      Yes, the world is definitely a different place than when I was my kids' age! Thankfully, there was no social media back then! I can keep my outrageous 80's hair pics hidden in a safe place rather than posted for all the world to see! 🙂

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  2. Nicole Anderson
    November 17, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    "Scare them with the ugly truth if need be."

    This.

    This right here is perfect. I come across so many parents who, I guess try to sugar coat things for their kids and in my opinion it doesn't accurately portray the very real danger that exists. I think that is just perfect advice you could have given anyone.

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    • Julie
      November 17, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

      I'm glad you agree, Nicole 🙂 Sadly, we must be on guard all the time and teach our kids to do the same!

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  3. Amee
    November 17, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    Great post! Thank you for being an influence for good in the world.
    #sharegoodness

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    • Julie
      November 17, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

      So sweet, Amee. Thank YOU! 🙂

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  4. Jennifer@ClassicStyleHome
    November 18, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    My oldest is 12 so we haven't had to deal with this yet. It's nice to hear someone's perspective before they inevitably have a social media account. My husband and I completely failed when it came to the kids and gaming. We had no idea the kids could actually play and speak to random strangers until we heard little kid voices coming out of the xbox. That was a wake up call that times have changed!

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  5. Dakotah Gumm
    November 19, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Great post! I'm leading a parenting seminar in a couple weeks on teaching adolescents about pornography and masturbation, and I'm touching briefly on social media (in the context of media accountability). I'm glad I came across this before the seminar–I'll definitely direct parents here if they've got more questions about social media and media accountability!

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  6. dresselfamily.blogspot.com
    December 3, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    loved this!!!
    my daughter is 11 and I get request to be friends from her friends.. are you kidding, she' barely.11.. no!!!!
    there is so much good on the internet, but along with that so much bad.
    we need to teach, love and protect!

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