Staff Writer, Taylor Lawrence, Google discussed on Morning Edition


Video capturing a child's first steps or first words are first day of school. This is what so many of us do right? As parents, we document the moments that are important in our child's life and we posted online for our community to see. And as we do that. We are inevitably shaping our child's online presence. Most of the time the child in question doesn't really get a say in the matter and that creates complications as kids get older and realized that much of their life is already online and anyone can see it Taylor. Lawrence is a staff writer at the take who's been reporting on this her recent pieces called when kids realize their whole life is already online. She joins us via Skype Taylor. Thanks for being here. Thank you so much for having me, what provoked you to look into this. You know, there's so much about the set from the parent's perspective. But I just wanted you talk to them. So. Selves about when they surged to realize that they had its presence. What was the range of of responses when you engage them on this? I mean, it kind of just runs the gamut. Some kids were upset about the information that was out there about them. So they Google themselves and find, you know, in some cases, their parents have consented to school websites loosing about them. They were upset that may be the whole sports record was up there or that their parents had plus lot more public stuff than they realized. And then some kids really liked it like there was one boy who really felt like it made him feel famous to have all these pictures of himself on the internet. Maybe eighty percent of the kids that I spoke to didn't realize the extent of their internet presence, and the ones that did had parents had proactively warn them about it. But they had been told United staff line, but they got since they didn't have social media themselves. There would actually be that much about them. But in some cases, that's just not the case in your reporting in in these conversations. I mean, did it create tension in any of these relationships, especially as you? You got to like the middle school age or high school? That's when it starts to create tension. I think kids in elementary score the ones that I talked to you between third and fifth grade when they first Google themselves in pants, they're kind of like frustrated by what they find. Or they think it's novel. But it wasn't 'til kids got to middle school that I heard anybody really state like I my about this. I'm really frustrated desert or my dad or whatever. So I think middle school is often when kids want to get their own social media profiles. And I think they just want to start dictating their online presence for themselves. So I think that's the Olympic fiction agrees. But the bottom line is talk to your kids before you post. Yeah. And help them understand these platforms. Do you know a lot of parents wanted to their kids from these platforms? But I think parents need to have a better understanding of how these platforms work, and they just need to open the dialogue Taylor Lawrence. He's a staff writer at the Atlantic Taylor. Thanks so much. Yeah. Thank you so much for having me. Spain used to be one of the few European countries that did not have a far right party. But then last December the populist vox party won seats in the regional parliament, the main issue fueling this party is nationalism though, rather than immigration Lucia Benedetti's reports..

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