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When High School Kids Troll Their Parents Facebook Groups

Too often we hear about the cyberbullying happening to our kids in school.  But really, before we start condemning our youth, we need to take a hard look at how we as adults are behaving online.  With permission from this recent high school graduate, I’m re-posting his post from a Facebook group in his community.  This isn’t unique to one community – it’s reflective of what’s happening across the country and how it’s perceived by many of our kids.

“Warning: this post may not fall in line with your opinion, political party or religious affiliation. Read at your own risk.

I’m a graduating senior from XXX, I’ve been on this page for the past two years, and would like to get a few things out that have been on my mind. As I leave this community, I know there are memories and friends that I will never forget. With that being said I feel like I’m in a position to voice my thoughts on our community and many of the individuals who post regularly on this group.

I initially joined this group to watch the “show” from the sidelines as some of my older friends messed around with some adults, all in all just simple fun. But as they continued I saw a distinct hate relationship starting back and forth, so I decided to neglect the group altogether for a series of months.

I would periodically check in on the page to clear out my notifications, but each and every time I would see the same negative and spiteful debauchery between grown adults and high school students. I get it, we can strike nerves and get annoying with our posts, especially as so many on here “troll”. But I believe you’re missing the point entirely, the reason the high school students trolled or messed around on these forums is precisely due to the childish litigations and tattletales that inhabit this page and ceremoniously grace us with their thoughts on a daily basis.

Freedom of speech is our right, and allows us to voice our opinions without shame or fear, but it also enables so many to share their truly thoughtless, and, in all honesty just dumb opinions to the public. This page, and many other communities like it, allow for anyone who feels powerless in person to put on a show, publicly shame, or otherwise attack each other on a social media platform.

Many adults on this site have “lost their marbles” and type away hurtful comments because there are no repercussions. In the high school we are forced to sit through state mandated classes during the health semesters which explain the impact and importance of not bullying online or in person, but how are kids supposed to follow these rules when their parents are doing the same on Facebook.

Say what you will, but I have seen countless posts which display stupidity, bigotry, and overall intention to be mean. Not to mention the over the top “back in my day” posts.

Needless to say I will be leaving this group exactly one week after this post goes up tonight, so please let the cannons of this community’s rage fire, I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

P.S. To those of you who just post about food, job opportunities, fundraisers, and so on.. rock on! ???????? We need more of you and less of ‘them’.”



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