In an attempt to address the issue of teenagers being socially disconnected behind smartphones and the dangers of cyber bullying, this teacher - Ms. Coates from Pleasant Grove, Utah took a survey with 85 ninth-graders (ages 14-15) in her school, asking students to complete the sentence:
"What my parents don't know about social media is..."
Only 5 out of the eighty-five young students responded that they don't have social media accounts. The rest of the answers she describes as:
"SICKENING. Heartbreaking. Depressing."
She claims that all 85 kids chosen to participate in the survey have good grades, and are considered by most standards to be "good kids." After posting photos of the students' responses on Facebook, the post has gone viral, being shared more than 34,000 times. In the post description, she writes:
"Working in a Junior High is really interesting. I see these little people in their most awkward and most emotional stage of life. I teach them science, but when I have time I try to squeeze in some life lessons and mentoring. But it doesn't work if I'm not willing to really hear and understand their situations and problems. Lately, I've been really concerned about their mental health, bullying, and social media use."
In the FB post, she goes on to state that parents of the world need to "WAKE-UP" in regards to giving their kids smartphones, and allowing them to live in a secluded world that parents are not invited to be a part of.
As a disclaimer to what we're assuming is directed toward all the cynical commenters on social media, she added this small snippet to the description:
**EDIT: As this post is going viral it is important to me that readers know how much I LOVE these teenage people. It is easy to be critical of the kids, of the parents, and of me. If you must comment, use this as an opportunity to show my students good digital citizenship. Be kind. Have compassion. In the coming days, I will be working closely with my school, community, and local therapists to learn more about how we can help.**
Here are some of the other responses: