And we wonder why our kids are making bad decisions.
Let me start by highlighting a story from my son’s high school that made national news. I’m referring to the cheerleading coach, Carlie Beck, that was just fired after it was discovered that she posed nude for Playboy.
The website of one of my local Sacramento news stations reports the story with feedback from parents. One parent, Sue Feather, said…
…she felt sorry for Beck, but added it was a lesson for students, including her own freshman daughter at Casa Roble.
“Be careful what you get out there because it will follow you all the way through your life. And this is a great example for this gal and it’s a great teaching moment as a mom for my child,” Feather said.
I guess life is just full of these examples right now… ask your local Dominos Pizza employee (that article here).
So it seems that today’s message from the media is simply, “Be careful what you take pictures of!”
Is this the correct message? Is this even the message our kids always here? I’m not sure. Because just a little while ago Jennifer Aniston got naked on the front of GQ magazine and CNN said, “Good for her!” (I blogged about that here.)
Everyone has a different opinion on what’s okay. Cheerleading coach Beck added her two cents to the issue. Take it from her, I quote from the Sacramento Bee this morning:
“As far as Playboy pictures, people categorize them as being pornographic,” she said. “I kind of disagree. I think it’s artistic … We all shower naked. We all do a lot of things naked.”
Wow… it’s hard to ever respond to that. (So many cheerleader jokes are coming to mind right now…)
Joking aside… our kids are probably a little confused. Which is it? “Shame on you!” or “Good for you!” Our kids certainly don’t know…
…which leads to this article, Vermont Lawmakers Look to Legalize Teen ‘Sexting.’ I’ve heard both sides of the issue, and maybe child pornography charges might sound severe… but come on folks. What are our kids to think when we’re actually going as far as passing laws saying, “It’s now legal for kids to send graphic sexual images of ourselves to each other.”
So what can we take away from all of this?
Parents… let’s talk with our kids. Engage in healthy conversations about these issues. Use life lessons like these to dialogue about integrity, character and the consequences of our behavior. Don’t be afraid to use discussion starters that point to the Biblical truth about these issues.
Or… you could leave it up to the media to teach these lessons.