Technology scares the shit out of me.
I understand the irony of that statement given the fact that you’re reading this on some form of the aforementioned technology. You may be reading this on your tablet, smart phone, or inter-cranial hologram projector (I’m trying to stay relevant for future generations).
“So, why the trepidation, MC?”
Glad you asked.
My buddy Thaddeus Setla (@setla) is a gifted film-maker, videographer, editor, and director. He recently hit me up to tell me about his upcoming short film project, the TXT Generation. The film is about cyber-bullying, sexting, and family dynamics. It surrounds a father forced into his worst nightmare after his 11-year-old daughter is subjected to the unthinkable and he must confront the boy who has just changed her innocence.
For those of you unaware, all three MClets are Y-chromosome deficient. (That means they’re girls for you beat cops.) After talking to Ted about this project, I hit up the project FB page and their Seed&Spark page (wherein you can help support the project). This is the video I saw:
These kinds of things are happening more and more in our schools and both the victims and perpetrators are getting younger and younger. It’s a topic not many of us want to consider or talk about, but as a dad, I know the importance of making my girls safe.
Think about this: How would you react if your child was the victim of cyber-bullying? Hell, just Google “Cyber-bullying” and look at the stats. What about sexting? How would you feel if a 15-year-old boy sent your 12-year-old daughter a picture of himself nude? My initial reaction brings about visions of prison time.
Innocence is lost soon enough. Let’s work together to educate and protect our children. Technology isn’t going anywhere, my friends. We would do well to raise our children appropriately and talk with them about these issues…as uncomfortable as it may be for us.
Because talking about them after they’ve already occurred is monumentally more traumatic.