Would you allow your 10 year old to date a 16 year old?
Would you drop your 12 year old off in Times Square in New York City with no adult supervision, no directions or guidelines?
Would you knowingly allow your 11 year old to sneak out at night to go to someone’s house that you do not know?
As we all know technology is evolving at a rapid rate. The side effects are that the age of users and audiences is getting younger and younger and parents are unable to keep up. Most of you would answer the above questions with a firm no and be surprised that someone was even asking you. Many professionals would equate giving your upper elementary and middle school aged child a smart phone and relatively unsupervised access to the internet, social media sites and apps such as Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook to saying yes to the above questions. Children at this developmental stage do not understand the gravity of the consequences that some of this can lead to. Kids Empowered firmly believes that we have a responsibility to our children to try our best to educate ourselves, keep up with the technology and protect our children and their futures. We have attached a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal that illustrates this issue.
Wall Street Journal article