Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Midweek Meandering 

Its midweek and my car was covered with a layer of ice yesterday. Winter is here. Brrrrr!

I am late getting my Christmas shopping done this year. I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do, but just haven’t had the time to make it happen.

There is a fine line between getting nice gifts for your kids and being overindulgent. My kids are doing quite well, have most of the techy things today’s kids crave and lack for very little. I work with kids each day who are just lucky to have a roof over their head.

It is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

I could write about the commercialization of Christmas and it would all be true. However, I’ve been as guilty as anyone. It’s a yearly dilemma!

This story caught my attention because it is an emerging trend in high school administration. The growth of cell phone use, digital cameras, and the internet has been a blessing in so many ways, but has unleashed a host of problems.

Many fights that happen at school come as a result of things that happen online. Someone posts a derogatory MySpace comment and boom…they are fighting each other the next day! Someone threatens someone on MySpace, uses a racial or ethnic slur, or brags about an illegal act.  Someone else posts a video on YouTube of a fight or some other incident. I didn’t  know I’d have to be an online sleuth as part of the job!

Naked pics sent around on cell phones? Been there, dealt with that.  It’s a problem and becoming more of one. The law doesn’t keep up with the technology and this is a perfect example of that. If a kid sends a nude picture of another kid is he/she transmitting child porn? Who should be prosecuted if anyone? What should be done?

By the time it is all sorted out there will be something else we haven’t even thought of yet.

In the linked story above the girls whose pics were being sent around were punished but not the guys who were sending them. I see a problem there. The girls were wrong to take the pics and then to share them. They were also not very smart to believe those pictures wouldn't be shared with others. The guys were wrong for zipping them around school to other people's phones.

Patrick is driving me crazy wanting to take his money and do Christmas shopping. He likes being able to take money he earned and buy gifts.

He could always buy us a new couch to replace the one he has messed up by flopping on it so many times! Any titanium couches out there?

Of course, he isn't the best at keeping secrets. Two examples: "Dad, we got you a gift. I can't tell you what they are, but they are warm and fuzzy and you wear them on your feet"  "Terri, I won't tell you what I got you but you have to light them and they smell really good!"

So how is YOUR week going?


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