Wow! Hayden and I have been blown away by the number of questions that came in after our Off the Cuff introduction video where we invited you to submit questions related to issues you are facing with your tweens and teens. We currently have 62 questions we are weeding through! Many of them overlapped and dealt with the same theme, so we’re in the process of organizing them into categories.
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We thought we’d kick off our very first Off the Cuff episode by talking about Snapchat. We got numerous questions related to the app and felt it deserved it’s own session rather than clumping it into a general discussion about other social networking platforms popular among tweens/teens. We’ll be talking about Instagram in a later episode and specifically how the number of followers/likes/comments emotionally affects your tweens/teens.
In this episode, Hayden reacts to the problem of girls sending boys sexually explicit pictures through Snapchat, many in response to boys asking (begging) for them. (Yep, these are church kids, folks!) I think you might be surprised by his answer to a very specific question I posed to him toward the end of the clip (I know I was!):
“If Hayden Courtney was a dad today, and you had a middle schooler or high schooler and they were begging you for snapchat, what would you say?”
Also, please know this episode ran a bit longer than we had hoped. We’re hoping to trim these sessions down in the future, since we know you are very busy and your time is valuable. However, this is important stuff, so we didn’t want to leave anything out.
Other questions we have answered and will be posting in the coming weeks:
“My college aged son was just hospitalized for drinking too much. How should we discipline him? We live out of town.”
“What’s your perspective on aggressive girls — girls who pursue/chase boys, initiate text messages, etc.?”
“How and when should I begin the conversation with my children about sex and the dangers of porn?”
Special thanks to Hayden who edited the clip (in a fraction of the time it would have taken me!) and added the fun intro feature. Also, I have good news! It looks like other members of my family will be participating in some of the future Off the Cuff sessions (at your request)! We felt some of your questions would be great to have a girl’s perspective, so we’ll be asking my daughter (Paige) and daughter-in-law (Casey) for their input on some of the questions. We are working on Ryan, my oldest son. He is not a fan of being on camera, so we are working on a fair bribery to entice him to participate.
So, what are YOUR thoughts about Snapchat? Let’s begin the conversation on this post. Please be respectful of one others’ opinions and season your comments with grace. Remember, what works for one family, may not work for another.
Thank you for stopping by!