Dear Mouthy Housewives,
My 14 year old daughter recently defriended me on Facebook. She says that she wants her privacy, which I understand, but I’m also concerned. Shouldn’t I know everything that’s going on in her online world? Do I let this go?
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Dear Friend Me Again,
When I was a kid, my mother had an incredible respect for my privacy. She never combed through my diary, rifled though my drawers or looked at notes from my classmates. (NOTE: For those of you born after the invention of the computer, “notes” are like texts but we wrote them on paper and handed them to each other between classes. No, we did not use quill pens, smart asses.)
Because of my mother’s complete trust in me, I honored her wishes and never partook in anything unsavory or illegal. Unless you define “unsavory or illegal” as using a fake ID to try to get into a local bar and copping so much attitude with the bouncer that my friend got into a rumble and we may have gotten ourselves arrested.
My point? For the most part, teenagers can’t be trusted. Because they are always one Bud Light away from doing something SO STUPID.
Your daughter needs to re-friend you immediately. If not, that’s fine. But that means, she no longer has use of her cell phone. Or her iPod. Or her laptop. Oh and you aren’t driving her anywhere. Which is perfect because she’s not allowed to go anywhere anyway. Basically her life will become a gadget free existence of sitting at home watching the PBS NewsHour with you. I think she’ll change her mind very quickly.
So welcome back to Facebook! You are now free to oversee your daughter’s online activities. And if she really wants to communicate something to her friends under the parental radar, she should write it on a piece of paper and give it to them. There is nothing wrong with going old school.