Some of the kids were having trouble with an English assignment in a workbook. “Write two examples of things that are different between your parents’ generation and your generation.”
“What’s my generation?”
“All the people that were born about the same time as you and are about your age.”
“Oh. So what’s my parents’ generation?”
“Uh, all the people that were born about the same time as your parents and are about your parents’ ages.”
“My parents are REALLY old. They were born in like the 1970s.”
“My goodness. Did they even have electricity back then?”
“I think so. We don’t really talk, though.”
“Okay, here’s an example. Do you have a cell phone?”
(Eyeroll at stupid adult question.) “Yeaaaaaaah.” The “duh” was left unspoken. This time.
“Did your PARENTS have cell phones when they were your age?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Well, there’s a difference between generations, then!”
And here’s something different between generations, too. Pubescent and prepubescent girls (and some boys) were not taking nekkid and frankly pornographic pictures of themselves and sending it on their phones to their boyfriends/girlfriends who they are going to luv 4-EVER (or at least for this week). Then they break up. Boy or girl, angry, shows all the nekkid pictures to his/her friends. They may even post it online. If you knew how often this happens, you probably wouldn’t let your kids have phones. If you know how often this results in suicide attempts, you would not let your kids have phones. *sigh* But this never crosses the minds of parents and grandparents because this is something that didn’t happen in their generation because the technology was not there.
“So, Swampie”, you may ask, “What interest could you possibly have in this matter because your kids are all safely grown up?”
Well, guess what? If a kid shows off his/her nasty pictures on his/her phone at school, even before or after school, guess who is to blame? People that work at the school who have no idea what is going on or who the kids are, that’s who. You probably thought it was the kid or the parent that failed to provide proper phone and camera etiquette, such as no taking/forwarding pictures of naughty bits.