Busy Girl ( 11 years old, 6th grade) told me that some of her classmates (the "popular" kids) have My Space pages. We talked about it and I told her my opinion. I know things could change in a hurry, but, right now, she has no desire to do it and understands that it's not for 6th graders and that these kids lied about their age.
I was concerned, so I went to check it out, and, in less than 30 seconds I was able to pull up 2 of the pages using the kid's full name. A couple of these kids have way too much personal information on there, though the rest of their content is basically harmless, I consider it too advanced for their age. The parents are all people I kind of know, but, not really well. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this, yet, if anything. I want to say that I'm sure the parents have no idea that the kids are doing this, but, the fact is, though they are good people, I wouldn't be surprised if they knew and let them because it's what the "cool" people are doing.
The thing that stands out to me the most, though, is that every one of these kids are the youngest in the family and have college-aged siblings. I wonder if these people are simply "done" parenting and want their youngest to grow up faster or something. I'm not sure. I realize this sounds judgemental, and, it probably is, but, it's something I want to study because I have a big gap in my kids' ages, too, and I want to learn from what I see.
I may have told you this before, but, this group of parents is the one I laughed at when Busy Girl and their kids were in kindergarten. I thought it was hilarious that they all had kindergartners and high schoolers. Who knew that, only 2 short years later, it wouldn't be all that funny to me anymore?
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