I try to keep relatively current on what the social media landscape is, but it is increasingly difficult for me. I can’t have a cellphone on me at work and likewise can’t use my work machine to log into social media accounts, so I’m already at a disadvantage. Add to that my fairly innate distrust of sharing personal info combined with my overall dislike of most human beings, and I’m pretty much not a good fit for social media.
Still, I really tried hard to keep current in order to keep tabs on my two mostly-grown daughters – setting up accounts with Facebook, Instragram and Snapchat. They’re relatively useful for helping me see what my college-age daughter is up to with her various clubs and campus activities.
But, these are not particularly useful tools for seeing what my kids are REALLY up to. This was driven home to me a few months ago: My younger daughter commented that the older daughter had gotten too many parking tickets at school and her car had gotten “booted”. When I asked how she knew this, she replied that she saw it on Snapchat. I said, no, I’m pretty sure I would have seen that myself. She shrugged and said, “Oh, it must have been on her other account.”
Turns out that “the kids” tend to have two social media accounts, one with their true name on it that they use for innocuous crap like sharing pictures of food, and then another that isn’t associated with their public selves that they distribute only to their “trusted crew”. It is to the latter account that the various pictures of drunken shenanigans goes, and no parent will ever get access to it.