Ready for the new kind of conversation you’ll have with your kids?
Forget to guide your children through the adversity of adolescence, this conversation will be much more painful. As a society, we have reached the point where we need to go beyond “education” or helping to “navigate” our young people through social media.
Kids these days already know that you shouldn’t meet strangers online in real life. They know they shouldn’t share private information like home addresses etc. The problem is bigger than that – and much more sinister.
Aggressive political posts, unachievable beauty standards, and grotesque comedic illiteracy are just some of the key pieces of content you’ll see on social media sites in 2022.
You have to give it to Gen Z. They aren’t stupid – they’ve just been heavily manipulated.
With my own social media experience at the age of eighteen, I can take this statement as a fact. I’ve seen social media make it kind of a downfall for people around me. In the past, stubborn individuals frequently and eloquently collapsed under the unreasonable standards imposed on them through digital media – a kind of psychological programming.
Social media has never been like this.
Yes, I grew up with online platforms, but not in the same way as Gen Z.
The other day I was with a child of four, nine and eleven. It was fascinating to listen to the conversations of half the generation behind me. However, my fascination quickly turned to genuine concern when I heard the four-year-old pull out inappropriate TikTok material.
This young age is a fundamental stage in our pre-primary education where we learn best through repetition. The content shared on these sites repeats keywords and phrases in a simple tactic to condition young people to believe that a distorted and progressive view of the world is a societal norm.
This constant bombardment makes topics such as patriarchy, fear of climate catastrophe, gender inequality and why men should wear nail polish appear to be issues of concern to the vast majority of citizens.
Be careful, most people don’t care.
But young people are on the phone. Without formative education or life experience, they lack the skills to assess these different perspectives. It then becomes a dangerous game where the uninformed grow up to classify themselves as “informed” with little or no historical understanding behind their core philosophies.
Times are changing and exposing our children to more technology is inevitable. The problem remains that there is content on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook that, at eighteen, I find disturbing and that I have to leave.
Is it easy to get sucked into a similar media hole after watching a few videos on the same topic? Social media algorithms guarantee it. These platforms aim to target their insecure consumers and this tactic will always be successful.
As a woman, one of the main reasons I have turned off or “detoxified” my social accounts is due to the unrealistic and unachievable standards set for women. There is that kind of glorification for eating disorders and weight loss. The amount of advertising that comes with my diet for diet pills (aka appetite suppressants), corsets, plastic surgeons, fillers and everything in between is shocking.
Then there are the misleading messages from “influencers” [semi-famous people paid to promote products online] who Photoshop every nook and cranny of their images. Now, could you imagine a four year old consuming the same content? Imagine how fucked up her head will be by the time she is my age if there is no kind of intervention …
If this problem is not addressed, the implications for the mental health of the next generation will be phenomenal.
And then there’s the downright dirty indoctrination of the left. Politically progressive messages are ubiquitous on social media. This content is then regurgitated into the classroom where those who disagree are inadvertently “hijacked” by their brainwashed peers.
Labor MPs are a small group of left-wing political users on social media who use their exposure to further influence youth political views. It’s much easier for Daniel Andrews to relate to a sixteen-year-old teenager by making fun of other politicians than it is to ethically connect with them for political reasons.
It goes further than that.
Instagram and Facebook are the main culprits when it comes to silencing conservative users. Whether through “fact checking”, putting warnings on messages or threatening to deactivate accounts, the result is an imbalance in political content online. It happens to me all the time, even in private messages. Social media monitors and manipulates everything posted on their platforms.
And our education sector fails to educate students on how to navigate this new kind of media. Left-wing sympathetic teachers, who would like nothing more than conservative students shut down and shunned, are making no attempt to alert children to the problem.
I didn’t realize how far the tentacles had reached until the eleven-year-old from this group of kids told me how she criticized a male peer for commenting on something she was wearing because ‘she could “rock both sexes” and he could “t.
At that age, I wouldn’t have had a clue what she was talking about. As you listen to the kids, you can see how successfully these heavily fabricated phrases have been marketed. They’re not organically concocted from some sort of ‘gender-informed’ pre-adolescent.
Our poor young people have no idea what they are regurgitating or the implications of repeating this nonsense. They have no idea that they are contributing to a much larger societal problem and powerful political movements.
I believe this is the beginning of the end for Generation Z. It is evident that education has turned out to be a fragile institution, heavily molded in the hands of a progressive extremist ideology. This historic degradation has been happening for decades. We are now at a tipping point. How are our young people going to establish a perspective on contentious issues if their only source of information is from a few random “users” dumping factually unfounded information?
What many often forget is that these are the young people who will be at the polls this year. And after two years in isolation, I certainly don’t want a green-haired progressive Gen Z, a Covid worker, to enter the polls to worship Dictator Dan (their savior) and reimpose the blockades (for their “protection. “emotional).
In my opinion, rehabilitating my generation after prolonged exposure to harmful content on social media is long gone. Instead, we need to focus on the next generation of young people. They must be our priority.
Adults need to understand that the culture of social media has changed from being close to family and friends through ‘updates’ and photo sharing, to the politically intense world of aroused extremism and political recruiting. .
It’s all about the money and the clicks.
We cannot rely on outside forces, and certainly not on social media companies, to take action against the type of harmful content exposed to our young people. Parents must take the reins of it. Scheduling “social media free” hours or days gives children time to disconnect and reconnect with reality. I do it myself because it allows me to get things done and prioritize what matters to me.
But more importantly, parents need to educate their children on how to deal with social media use and understand that most of the things they will witness are wrong or wrong.
It’s too late for Millennials, but parents can stop Gen Z from making the same mistakes we do.
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