If we all start thinking of our future, instead of “going short” maybe we will all manage to give to our children (or at least to other generations following us) a better world.
Is so stupid to live without thinking of the rest.
This doesn’t mean living in misery or not enjoy the taste of life. Means only to take a moment and think “Will these going to impact others? will get me or others in a worst situation after the benefit I’m getting now”.
I came through this cartoon from Cagle cartoons (http://www.caglecartoons.com/images/preview/%7Be4e28807-361d-44b2-8681-b42f76405d24%7D.gif) through Geeks are sexy (full article at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/12/bad-grades-1960-vs-2010-cartoon)
This is very important for me because reminds me a s a father of how big is the shift that occurred in dealing with children from my times (I’m 39 so not so long ago) and now.
I think that the good stands between the two situations, because yelling every time at children is not educating them, but also is not educational to protect them when they are wrong.
Today living in a hurry and focusing on work and career and materialism doesn’t help in educating children and make easier to yell at those who, with their actions and judgments, oblige the parents to assume their responsibilities.
Which is the best way to behave as parents? For me is “the old one”, leaving some flexibility in order not to frustrate children. But transmitting to our children some respect for rules and education.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/12/bad-grades-1960-vs-2010-cartoon
Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
I see from many sources (among them the italian corriere della sera http://www.corriere.it/esteri/10_ottobre_04/bambino-scotch-muro-genitori_c58b0cf8-cf9e-11df-8a5d-00144f02aabe.shtml) that a couple (Corde Honea and Jayla Hamm) from Lincoln, Nebraska has been arrested and declared guilty for torturing their 22 month child by taping him against the wall with duct tape.
I only have to say a couple of words to those ugly bastards: you deserve the worst a man and a woman can have. I hope you’ll be treated as bad as is possible in jail, because you’re far for being human!
This poor little child didn’t decide to come to earth; you did it and he has the right to live a happy or at least not violent live.
Hope that the child will find someone giving him all the care and attention he had not.
Programming is like sex: One mistake and you have to support it for your life!
Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/221139) reports that “[…] The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center, a government law enforcement agency, has been after social networking sites to provide protections for its underage users. Social networking sites, says CEOP, provide comparatively easy venues for child predators. The agency has seen some success–Bebo and MySpace already adopted the panic button–but Facebook resisted for a long time, saying its own protection was sufficient. […] Jim Gamble, Ceop’s chief executive, said in a statement: “Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the ClickCeop button is well documented – today however is a good day for child protection.
“By adding this application, Facebook users will have direct access to all the services that sit behind our ClickCeop button which should provide reassurance to every parent with teenagers on the site.” […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1669232/facebook-to-add-child-safety-panic-button-application).
So does Mike Hasley at ghacks (http://www.ghacks.net/author/mike/, full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/12/facebook-agrees-to-panic-button/)
While I’m still convinced of Facebook not being able to handle a decent security approach, this could be the first wise move from them.
Of course the panic button should not be seen as a “panacea”, because:
a) seems to me to be based on an awareness assumption by the supposed victim that is not so easy to be acquired by children of lower ages (means that you can cheat the date and be subject to stalks)
b) is still optional
This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1669232/facebook-to-add-child-safety-panic-button-application?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20fastcompany/headlines%20(Fast%20Company%20Headlines)#disqus_thread and at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/12/facebook-agrees-to-panic-button/
Geeks are sexy reports (full story at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/05/27/childs-letter-to-institute-of-physics-regarding-the-large-hardon-collider/, original at http://twitpic.com/1rjhii, image presented below).
I don’t know if is a fake or not, but in any case, sometime I wonder how can children be so intelligent.
They’re everyday a surprise and remind us how this world can be seen with smaller but different eyes.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/05/27/childs-letter-to-institute-of-physics-regarding-the-large-hardon-collider/#comment-253801
Don’t teach your children what to think; just teach them to think.
Catherine Forsythe at Lockergnome writes an article talking about identity theft applied to children (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/26/stealing-your-childs-identity/, Brian J. O’connor article at http://www.detnews.com/article/20091026/BIZ01/910260309/1010/5-ways-to-protect-a-child-s-ID).
I think that children are, as always and unfortunately the perfect targets for evil people.
On the other side, I’m quite sure that, though early access to IT is something desirable, on the other side, this could and should happen always with adult supervision, or, at least with limited activity possibility.
Of course you can manage to tell to young people not to do something, but is not a “bulletproof” solution.
The risk is exposing children to those risks that are not evaluable. For me, IMHO, my little daughter will have access only through incremental steps of freedom.
This comment as a post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/26/stealing-your-childs-identity/#comment-40666
I see that german based Tv newtwork Rtl is launching a program called “Erwachsen auf Probe” (something like “maturity test” with teenagers having to deal with chidren for four days (full article among the other at http://www.corriere.it/spettacoli/09_maggio_24/genitori_teenager_reality_show_germania_54af8f0e-4872-11de-a9d5-00144f02aabc.shtml. Sorry is in italian).
Mr Franz Rendez RTL speaker, says that parents will remain near children.
Just some thoughts:
- I’m not against realities. Really I’m not intersted in seeing realities, but if a person choose to be spied 24/7 and is an adult , they can do what they want. As well as those that want to watch this. But this baby children cannot choose. Why do they have to be exposed in a so voyueristic way? They don’t deserve this treatment. I’m a father and Personally I really don’t like showing my little baby in public (photos, videos and similar). This could be questionable or not but I think that children have to be protected and not being showed just like they were pieces of meat on sales.
- Those who really deserve all my shame are children parents: by acting this way they demonstrate they don’t deserve this gift that babies are. Why do they do this? because of money? Could be. But I think it’s better to be poor but with a little bit of personal respect left instead of bein al little less poor and no respect left. They do this because of notoriousness? How poor they are!
- And Rtl tv network itself deserves my personal shame as well. Because audience and share counts untill a certain point. There’s a moment when people (everybody including business people) should stop their actions for a while and ask their self if what they are making is worth. And not only on money side.
It’s not a matter of morality.
Adults can do everything they want, if they are free to choose and don’t invade other’s freedom.
But children are different. Children are not toys. Children are gifts we should take care on and protect them until they achieve enough consciousness to act like adults.
STOP SPECTACULARIZING CHILDREN. START RESPECTING THEM.