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Darcie Maranich: So true, John. I especially agree with what you pointed out to be mixed blessings. Social media does indeed have a good side. I appreciate the ability to keep up with friends throughout the year rather than just annually in a Christmas card letter. It's also great that so many companies and brands can easily be contacted through Twitter. But the messages to impressionable youth can be alarming. All the more reason that we, as parents, need to be present, active and aware. Thanks for your insightful comment.
Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:52 am
John Flanagan: To add to your commentary, remember that now more than ever, we live in the narcissistic era of American history, and our growing children have many teachers in the culture, including peers, celebrities, pundits.....all of whom now use twitter and social media to influence them or sell them an idea or product. Parental wisdom must now compete with daily postings of both good and bad advice from the well meaning as well as from the unsavory in our culture. Social media is here to stay, and its' influence is strong. It is essentially a mixed blessing. In my view, parents must work that much harder to instill common sense, morals, and discernment in their children, warning them of the mines and dangers while encouraging a sense of optimism in approaching life.
Monday, April 1, 2013, 10:35 am
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