I’m joining in on Rx Fitness Lady’s Mini Blog Challenge…Today’s prompt: Controversial Topic!
When it comes to raising kids, everyone has an opinion and sometimes they don’t mind sharing. There’s spanking vs time out, breast vs bottle, disposable vs cloth diapers and on and on and on. When you’re a celebrity, people really love to get on the internet and let their thoughts be known about how you raise your kids. One couple in particular I read about A LOT are The Smiths. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read people’s rants about Will and Jada Smith and how they run their household.
From Willow and her hair and music that some think seems a bit old for the 12 year old. Then there’s the constant discussion about whether their kids attend school. People certainly have an opinion about this family.
I have to say, I have even weighed in on some things about their daughter Willow once upon a time. For the most part, I just observe. Enter Jaden Smith’s tweets.
I was cruising around the web yesterday as I do, and I saw a post about Jaden “slamming” education. He tweeted the following:
“If everybody in the world dropped out of school we would have a much more intelligent society.”
“All the rules in this world were made by someone no smarter than you. So make your own.”
“School is the tool to brainwash the youth.”
“If newborn babies could speak they would be the most intelligent beings on planet Earth. Education is rebellion.”
Huh? I don’t follow him on twitter, so I didn’t know if he was trying to be deep or what. His statements caught me off guard, but then they didn’t. Based on interviews I’ve seen with his parents, this didn’t see that off base to me. I don’t know what he’s been exposed to to make him feel this way about education. I don’t know if he’s been enlightened by some deep, philosophical reading he’s done. Who knows.
While, I agree the education system needs an overhaul, I wouldn’t go the whole drop out route. Um, yeah, no bueno. Even as a joke or off-handed comment – no bueno. I think as parents, we have to fill in the gaps that we feel the schools leave out. If we think our children are learning too much of one thing and not enough of the other, we can change that. If we want our kids to be more individual and free-thinking, then we encourage that. That’s a whole other post though. Is that where he was coming from? Again, who knows.
What I do know is that Jaden has over 4 MILLION followers on Twitter. Many of which, I’m sure, are around his age. If he was trying to make some deep statement, context would have been great. I just picture a bunch of kids RT’ing without knowing the basis of the statements.
Sometimes kids really look up to other kids that are in the spotlight. So kids that are in the spotlight, need to watch what flows from their keyboard. When you have influence, you have to use it wisely. Of course, a lot of that comes with age. At 15, you go full speed ahead. At 30 something, you know when to pump the brakes.
That’s the downside of social media though. When you’re a celebrity, people zoom in on everything you say and do on social media. How else would the world have known that Miley Cyrus un-followed her now ex-fiance on Twitter? Who is watching her account like that?!?!?! I digress.
I wouldn’t have even paid Jaden’s tweets any mind if I hadn’t seen the post about them. The thing that struck me is the writer pointed out how many followers Jaden has. That got me to thinking… it is his job to think about who he’s influencing or is it on his fans to think about who they allow to influence them? Thoughts?