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Re: social media. You’re here on this forum presumably without your parents’ knowledge, right @IDEK? I did things my parents didn’t know about online as a teen (nothing sketchy), but the internet was a different place then. I’m mid-30s, I feel like a lot of my peers made mistakes on social media because we were young when it was young. SO many inappropriate partying photos were plastered online when I was in college, I assume even the deleted stuff is still out there somewhere. A college roommate almost had a job offer rescinded over something she posted once, she had her phone on speaker when HR called to talk to her about “something awkward.” An ex’s wife accidentally outed herself as a creepy weirdo who kept very close tabs on me via FB, then a couple years later her IG behavior verified that she was more bonkers than I realized (kinda funny, kinda unnerving). When I was online dating, I had a couple guys find me via social media and contact me that way to bypass the mutual matching function, which made me feel exposed. Things can get weird online, you should be careful, and I know it gets way worse than anything I’ve seen or experienced. I think a smart parent would keep an eye on social media and online behavior, but outright banning it assuming responsible use seems extreme at 16. My boyfriend’s oldest niece is 17, her IG is public and some of her photos are super thirst trap-y. If I were her parents I’d do what I could to get her to lock it down. And don’t even get me started on parents who use their kids as content.