Today I’m talking to you, the parent or caregiver of a teenager. I’m not talking to parents of certain teenagers, pretty much all of them.
I particularly mean the parents or caregivers of rich teenagers, poor teenagers and middle income teenagers. I speak to those who have kids with great friends, iffy friends, many friends, a handful of good friends and no friends at all.
I mean the parents or caregivers of the teens that talk to you, the ones that might if they needed something or the ones you probably think wouldn’t give you the time of day, yup you.
So, lately we have heard about teenagers sending naked pictures via cell phone, receiving them, trading them like baseball or Pokémon cards, some storing them in a virtual album or just some just sneaking a peek.
If you are reading this column, did you have a talk with your teenager? Even if you didn’t think in a million years it would be them, did you have that conversation?
You see I did, even though I didn’t think so because I know my cell phone automatically opens a photo and I needed to know what to do if it happened like that for a youth. I understand the answer to be to delete it without hesitation. It doesn’t matter if you know who sent it or not and DON’T forward it, EVER!