A New Jersey middle school principal speaks out about social networking. He garnered national attention for his call to action imploring parents to take their middle school age children off of FaceBook and other social networking sites. I think it’s a good idea. Most middle school age kids are ill equipped psychologically to deal with social networking sites.
While it may be too early to make any firm conclusions…battle lines are certainly being drawn about the impact of technology on our kids’ relationships and relationship building skills. An interesting article in the New York Times discusses both sides of the debate. There are scores of experts who believe kids’ today have great tech skills but weak face-to-face human relationship skills. However, some parents interviewed believed it allowed their teen to strengthen relationships, broaden their social network and facilitate an active social life.
Today, May 6th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Visit www.samhsa.gov/children/ for details.