TWO TEENS – TWO PHONES
~ONE BAD DECISION
As always, the beginning of a school year
opens the floodgates to the cosmic surge of
social interaction between millions of teenagers
all over the country.
Parents and teachers are preaching in unison
the cautionary forewarnings of misconduct, drugs,
and the misuse of social media. The problems is,
our children won’t be simply punished if
they choose to step over that cautionary line,
they will be prosecuted by the very law that
was written to protect them.
Although school has just begun, two teens in North Carolina
have found themselves in more legal trouble
than they ever thought possible.
They were 16 years old when they decided
to take naked photos of themselves.
‘For their eyes only’, were their intentions
until a totally separate case
brought the authorities to investigate
a statutory rape case neither had any involvement with.
Innocently, the young boy handed over his phone
to clear his name and guess what they found;
those private and very intimate photos
of him and his girlfriend.
The investigators were not amused.
Finding nude photos on a teen’s cell phone
is still disturbing and when they get in the wrong hands
they become headline news and inevitably
destroy the lives of those involved.
For these two teens, their personal and private pictures,
which were meant only for them, were found by accident,
and will mar their reputations forever.
MESSAGE TO PARENTS:
What was once thought to be bad judgment
of an immature teenage is now considered criminal behavior
in the age of modern technology.
As parents, we need to instill in our children
the horrors and destruction
that are associated with these decisions.
Please!!! Hold on to your parental rights as long as you can.
Take their phones once a week and go through them.
Look at their photos, messages, and e-mail.
If they don’t like it or get mad, shut off service to the phone.
Stop worrying if your child will be mad or upset with you.
You may be saving their future
and in some cases of intimidation and bullying,
you may save their lives.
No one ever said it was easy raising a child
and today it will be the hardest thing you ever do.
But WE have to step up and do something.
Just like drugs, these bad decisions can and will destroy our children.
To all you parents of teens: HOLD ON!
You are officially on the most terrifying ride of your lifetime.
Put on your ‘MEAN PARENT’ hat and go head first into the storm.
My exhausted heart feels your pain and will pray for you. ♡