It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago since I was thirteen, with Jason Donovan posters on the wall and Stock, Aitken and Waterman were at number 1 every week in the UK Top 40 countdown.
Somehow, when I must have been looking the other way though, time galloped on and I suddenly landed a thirteen year old child myself.
How did THAT happen?!
So, now he’s thirteen, he thought he’d join Facebook to “see what all the fuss is about.”
Well, I figured he’s old enough, and most of his school year have been on it for ages anyway. (Naughty.)
Not to mention being a social media addict myself has its advantages as I can answer any questions, and show how to set it up properly and safely.
Can you imagine it being around when we were at school?! Argh. As if you didn’t have enough to think about entering your teen years without having to worry whether your pictures were getting enough “likes”.
Seriously, some just do.
Have you got the duck pout just right?! Tagged all your friends in your latest selfie with “mainz babes” (whatever the hell that means, I’m obvs not down wiv the kidz.)
Then sit back and wait for the “gawjus” “aww hun” comments to come flooding in.
Seriously, I couldn’t be bothered. It gives you a nosey insight into the world of the “populars” and you thank your lucky stars you were never a part of all that appearances and desperate for everyone’s approval crap.
Luckily for me, the 13 year old laughs in the face of all that nonsense too.
It makes you think though, it’s all out there for you to cringe over a few years down the line if you make a habit of posting often.
Teenage angst outpourings used to be confined to a hastily scribbled diary with pen and notebook. For our eyes only.
Now though, it’s gone public. I’m sure my 18 year old self would have cringed at the ramblings and any duck pout pictures of my 13 year old self.
What would teenage you have posted on Facebook?! Mine would have probably told everyone I was listening to Jason, watching Heathers with Christian Slater, or going for bike rides around the countryside.
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