Is there a right age for a child to have their own email address?
I’m the one who rolls my eyes when friends anguish about their kids joining Facebook at 14.
“Honestly, you have to let her do this,” I lectured one girlfriend just last month when she texted for advice. “It’s legal now, all her friends are on it and part of being a parent these days is helping your kid navigate the digital world. You’re doing her no favours by trying to hold back the tide. Harden up. This is modern life.”
I’ve delivered this same speech countless times to people over text, phone and cocktails. In presentations and on TV. I’m good at it because I believe it. Kids need to learn about the internet by being online.
But only other people’s kids, apparently.
Hello Hypocrisy. My name’s Mia.
My reticence makes no sense. I live my own life in large part via a screen. It’s my work, my play, my entertainment, my lifeline. My Swiss army life-knife.
No wonder my husband was bemused by my reaction when I discovered them setting up our nine-year-old’s first email account.
“Wait! No!” They both looked up at me from the kitchen table, puzzled. “What’s the problem?” my husband asked.
“She’s too young!” I said.
In this Hey Mia video, Mia talks about the guilt mothers have about giving constant attention to their kids.
“But it’s not a social media account, it’s just email” he replied calmly, as if talking to a very old person who said things like “Interweb”.