Cornerstone Youth: Unfollowed, Unfriended, Blocked

November 1, 2017

When I was younger an argument went something like this: I wouldn’t talk to someone, we’d avoid each other, and that was pretty much it. Today’s students have many more options when it comes to how they interact with the people around them.

When your students have an argument or disagreement with a friend or acquaintance, in addition to not speaking to and avoiding them, they can take the battle online where students can get hurt very deeply. Students can unfollow, unfriend and block people on their social media profiles. Blocking can feel like a very deliberate wall built up between two people.

It’s important for parents to understand that these actions seem relatively simple and harmless, but to your students, they are very real and potentially very harmful. Parents should be monitoring students online social activity and talking about how the student is dealing with what is happing in their online social life.

The dark side of social media is that, within seconds, anything can be blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And it’s very difficult not to get swept up in it all.  -Nicola Formichetti

Ask your student if they’ve been blocked, unfriended, or unfollowed and if so, how did they handle it or how are they handling it. Sometimes your student may have to repair a relationship with an apology, sometimes your student will have to forgive and move on. As the parent, you get to assist them in making the right choices.

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