Are you aware of what your child does online? We live in a day and age where most kids know more than we do when it comes to technology, or so it seems. I know, in my own house, my kids are wanting to be on every website; they are begging for a cell phone to text their friends; and no matter how many times I talk to them about why they may not have the same liberties that their friends do, but in their eyes, I’m the unfair mom…and I’m OK with that. The book, Reconstructing Amelia really opened my eyes.
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I recently finished a fabulous book…Reconstructing Amelia.
This is a book that I think that most of us with kids can relate to. It’s about a single mother who is at the height of her career and her daughter Amelia who gets caught up in a secret club at her private school. Tragedy strikes and Amelia’s mother is left picking up the pieces and trying to figure things out and what exactly happened. You see, Amelia’s mother always trusted her daughter to make the appropriate decisions and choices when it came to her life, especially her online life. She soon realized that had been a big mistake.
Why Did I like it so much?
This book really resonated with me because, like I said earlier, my son feels that I am completely unfair when it comes to what he is allowed to do online. The kids have a computer. They are allowed to go on approved websites. However, what they are not allowed to do is freely search YouTube, have their own Facebook page or any other social media account, and everything they do online is subject to my search. I check history on both the computer and iPad; I read text messages on the iPad; and most importantly, I do not hide the fact that I do that. After reading this book, I feel I am absolutely doing the right thing for my kids.
What Are Your Kids doing online?
So…I ask, do you know what your kids are doing online at all times? Do you check up on them? Or do you allow them free rein to make the choices that they feel are OK for them? Please let me know what you all have to say on this topic. But no matter what your stance on this topic is, please go read Reconstructing Amelia. It really is a good book!