Remember when you were young and did something wrong? Let’s not fool ourselves, we have all done pranks for the sake of having some fun. We knew it was wrong, but as long as we didn’t hurt anyone, what was the big deal, right?
I remember one time when I was in school, a friend and I were angry at the school (just like in general…). That day, we were responsible for handing out the milk to the other kids. When everyone had left, we decided to throw one of the cartons of milk down the stairs, in protest.
Unfortunately, there was a girl who saw us – and of course, she told on us.
I remember well how the teacher asked to see my friend and I out in the hallway. She asked us if we were the ones who had thrown the milk carton down the stairs. “It’s time to stay cool”, I thought, while giving off my confused face, stating: “What? I don’t even know what you’re talking about!” The teacher said: “Well, one of the other girls saw you two doing this…” However, we stayed strong, and refused of knowing anything about this crazy nonsense.
Later on, all shaken up about almost getting caught – we laughed about the fact that we got away. However, we never did anything like that again. Lesson learned.
It makes me wonder how kids are in school nowadays. It’s so easy to leave digital tracks of your pranks. There are so many devices! So many apps! So many ways to capture sound, picture and film… Is it at all possible to get away with things?
“I have proof! They did it!”
It must be challenging being a kid today, with all of these traces of your pranks, of things you did without any intention of hurting anyone at all. All of a sudden, it gets so serious. Previously you just got a call-out to the hallway where you could explain your own version (truth or not). But to be busted, that is different: It’s the truth right here, black on white. The question has changed from “Did you do this?” to “Why did you do this?” – and there’s big a difference between answering the two.
I guess kids still test limits by throwing milk cartons and breaking other rules, where there is no proof. However, additionally, they must develop a much greater sense of responsibility than what my friend and I at that age. They constantly learn about taking responsibility online – and that nothing disappears. This again affects how they behave, both online and offline.
I guess there are many ways of perceiving the statement that kids are growing up to be more responsible today than previously, both good and bad. The positive outcome is nonetheless that these kids, learning about internet safety at such an early stage in life – have a possibility to grow up becoming these amazing, responsible and caring adults!