I get it, I’m old.
Keith Richards has better hearing than me (that would be a Rolling Stones guitar player reference kids).
My eye site gets worse by the day. I wear contacts, but also need glasses to read anything smaller than a 24 font.
I just know my next pet will be a guide dog (sorry Buddy, but I need more than your sweet sweet love).
But old doesn’t have to mean naive.
Or just plain stupid.
If you have kids, I’m begging you to be aware.
Here is what I see and experience on a daily basis.
Technology is great. But just like alcohol and cars, students are sometimes to young and/or immature to handle it.
The great thing about the world today is all of this new technology making the world smaller.
The bad thing for parents with teenagers is it’s making the world smaller.
Trust your kids, but don’t be a moron.
Check their Twitter accounts.
Then check their cell phone texts.
If you ask them if you can and they get mad or defensive, you’re on to something.
As a tired old school administrator, I’ve learned a few things over the years.
One, never eat food prepared by a student (figured this one out the hard way).
Two, never ever smell anything when a student says "Hey, smell this!" Odds aren’t in your favor that it’s going to be good (if it’s food they’ve prepared, revert back to my last sentence).
Lastly, anyone between the ages of 8 and 18 is a lot smarter than you might think.
My hope is when parents check their children’s phone or social media they aren’t surprised by what they see.
But I won’t be surprised if they are.
Follow your kids on Twitter and Facebook. It can’t hurt.