When kids go to school, it's expected that there will be days that your child will come home and say, "everyone was invited to Susie's party. Everyone except me." It's happened in my house on way more than one occasion, and it always leads to a heartbreaking weekend where I'm trying to do everything possible to distract and entertain the uninvited guest.
I loved when the summer rolled around because I had three months of my kids being normal and not worrying about who is having a party, or where they are not invited. They had their summer friends, many of which didn't go to school with them, and there wasn't any drama or leaving anyone out. It was like one big party and everyone was invited to everything. No one even mentioned the kids from school. We were all safe and happy in our cocooned summer world.
Facebook changed everything.
Although I keep the good/evil application away from my 12 and under crowd, my older kids are bombarded with pictures of the events they're missing and the friendships they're not creating because we try to lead a very simple summer. It's one thing when they turn down an invitation, but it's quite another when they realize their BFFs are all at the beach together and there wasn't even a mention by one of them that they were going. The photo evidence is plastered all over Facebook and the pucker-lipped photos are there just taunting my child.
Ignorance is bliss.
It's not like these things weren't happening every other summer, but it's very easy to pretend that everyone is stuck inside their basement just watching TV and not doing anything with anyone else. Now not only am I having to worry about my kids feeling left out all summer, but I have to constantly justify my reasoning to keep things simple and not drive to other people's houses all the time.
I've tried the ban on Facebook in my own home a number of times, but with all the internet access they have everywhere, I'm finding it's incredibly difficult to enforce. Do you think there's any way Zuckerberg will listen to my appeal and ban Facebook for the under 16 fans during the summer months?
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