A Better Region 8: Social media parenting

American Airlines had reason to be concerned last week when they received a tweet from a person claiming to be an Al Qaida operative with a threat saying something "big was going to happen June 1st."

American Airlines tracked the IP address of the person sending the tweet and they found something very interesting.  The tweet actually came from a 14-year-old girl who said she was "just joking."

American Airlines immediately tweeted her back.  They called her by her real name, informed her that they take all threats seriously and then forwarded her tweet to the FBI for investigation. The tweets from the airline and from the 14 year old went viral. I can only imagine how the 14-year-old girl felt when police showed up with handcuffs. But, as a parent of 2 teenagers, my thoughts immediately went to what her parents must be going through.

This is a wake up call to all of us parents. What your kids do in social media could haunt them forever. Know what your kids are doing! Follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and any other network they're on and insist that you have full access to their accounts. They will call it an invasion of privacy. I call it parenting.

Teaching our children words DO matter – regardless of the setting – will make them responsible adults and make this A Better Region 8