Should We Really Be Sharing Our Kids’ Lives on Social Media?

A schoolkid who was upset about being bullied poured out his feelings in an emotional video that went viral after his mom uploaded it to YouTube earlier this month. Celebrities rallied around Keaton Jones, the bullied middle school student. But isn’t there a dark side to exposing your kid’s private life to the entire world?

“I can’t imagine a kid in his darkest moment crying his eyes out and posting that on YouTube,” Stu said when he and Glenn talked about the video. “I can’t even imagine pointing the camera at my kid and saying, ‘Hey, something really terrible happened to you. Tell the world.'”

Glenn did have to point out that Stu is just a private person in general: “You are the exact opposite of me.”

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GLENN: Welcome to the program. Glad you're here.

The video from Keaton Jones, you can find it at TheBlaze.com. It's the top story today at TheBlaze. It's this cute kid that is -- you know, got in the car with his mom. And he asked his mom to make this video.

And it was after he had been bullied. And he wanted to ask everybody, why? Why do you think this is okay?

STU: One of my specialties as a broadcaster is to attempt to ruin positive moments in America and take them to a negative place.

GLENN: Well, I like to take people to a darker place. You just take them to a negative place.

STU: My initial reaction to this -- because we all know the basic thing here. The basic truth is, you should never bully somebody. And it's obviously terrible. And nobody deserves this. We all understand that.

So this is why I kind of skip past it a little bit. Because you're just telling me something that everybody on earth understands and I think knows.

We all know that every one of -- I'm sure, obviously -- you were surely a victim of bullying when you were in school.

GLENN: I was actually.

STU: Obviously.

GLENN: You know what's sad is, it's never stopped. It's just never stopped.

STU: True. I'm sorry about that.

But, I mean, everybody saw that in school. Most people were either involved in it one way or another, on either side. It's obviously a terrible thing. It's not new. It's been going on forever. And there are really bad cases where terrible things happened. And it is something that we have to focus on. And all of these things are saying -- I'm saying every single person on earth already knows.

So this is why I skip past it. As a parent, as a person who is a parent and has kids who have just entered school -- and these things are hitting me for the first time. I look at things through that lens often. I can't imagine -- I can't imagine a kid in his darkest moment crying his eyes out and posting that on YouTube. I can't even imagine pointing a camera at my kid and saying, hey, something really terrible happened to you. Tell -- tell the world about how awful it was and the emotional state you're currently in. And then posting it on the internet.

And, yes, this one -- this one winds up being that probably George Clooney will have him over for tea and crumpets at some point in the next few weeks, and it will work out wonderfully.

GLENN: Right. Right.

STU: However, there's going to be 1,000 other kids whose parents think the same thing, that they'll get some celebrity reaction out of this.

GLENN: Well, I don't think that's what the parent was thinking. The child said, Mom, please, post this.

STU: I hope not.

Children in really tough emotional states don't always make the sane choice.

GLENN: No, I agree. I agree.

STU: And, again, I'm not judging this particular family at all, we're just learning about this.

GLENN: It sounded like it.

STU: But just thinking about how I would handle this as a parent, I would be --

GLENN: You're the most private. You are the exact opposite of me.

You couldn't -- I couldn't be more open.

STU: Yes, no, it's true.

GLENN: Just, there's no secrets.

STU: We'd like things to close up.

GLENN: There's no secrets. You and I are the exact opposite. You know, things will happen. Lisa will leave you. She had leprosy. And your house burned down. And we'll find out about three years later. We'll be like, wait. Why haven't we seen Lisa? Oh, well, she left me, and she got leprosy.

STU: 2014 was a dramatic year, I will say.

GLENN: Yeah. You are the most private person I think I've ever met.

STU: That's definitely not true.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

STU: I will say --

GLENN: Yes, it is. It is.

STU: It is not. Not at all.

GLENN: It is. It is.

STU: What are you talking about? We talk about our lives all the time.

GLENN: It is.

No, you do not. No, you do not.

STU: You're just not interested in the things I talk about.

GLENN: No, that is not true.

STU: It is true.

GLENN: It is not true.

STU: It is true.

GLENN: No.

STU: But the point here is that, it's not about you and whether you want to be private or not.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: Putting your kid in a -- like think about the typical person this happens to.

George Clooney doesn't call everybody, right? Donald Trump Jr. is offering to take this kid on a tour of the UFC facilities. Right?

All these things are happening to this kid. And this kid is going to have an amazing next couple weeks when the celebrity culture decides bullying is bad and takes a big step in that direction and helps him. The next hundred kids that post their video of their emotional tragedies so that every other kid in their school will watch it on repeat for the next six months, it may not be such a happy story. It may actually make things much, much, much worse for those kids. So maybe I'm a worst-case scenario person on this type of thing.

GLENN: No, you're just a very private thing who would not -- Stu, let me ask the audience this.

You're friends with somebody for ten years. You're good friends with them for ten years. Okay?

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And let's say they lose their ability to taste anything. Anything!

They can't taste. Their tongue no longer works. And it goes on for like four months. And the friends find out because they're sitting in a Ruth's Chris one time, having a celebration over something, and his friend, let's just call him hypothetically me, sitting next to him, and he's whispering to the waiter, well, do you have anything with more texture? More of a crunchy texture?

I don't know. Like, what do you mean?

Like, I don't know. How is your corn? Is it really soft, or is it really crunchy?

The guy leaves, and I look at Stu, and I said, that's the weirdest way I've ever heard anybody order. What are you doing?

He's like, well, I can't really taste anything.

What!

STU: I did go through a several month --

GLENN: Several months without telling anyone. That's weird. That's weird.

STU: That's not weird. You know what's weird? Let me give you an example of what's weird, a YouTube video that you might post about a particular ailment you're having, which may or may not have to do with the part of your body that does not necessarily need to be discussed that is enflamed. And maybe you post --

GLENN: It wasn't enflamed. They almost killed me. They almost killed me. They drugged me so much in surgery.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: That they almost killed me.

STU: And what was your answer to that? To go on YouTube on video to explain your hemorrhoid surgery.

GLENN: To share it. I didn't explain the hemorrhoid surgery.

STU: Yes, you did. And this was not once. This was like 50 times. The difference -- we are at the opposite ends of this spectrum, at least when it comes to medical ailments. You tell me about every medical ailment you have.

GLENN: No, that's a problem.

But you, you are --

STU: I try not to bother people with my medical ailments.

GLENN: You will be seriously -- you left last year at some point, and Jeffy and Pat and I, we honestly had this conversation. Do you think he has cancer? I mean, what -- what's happening?

STU: Why?

GLENN: Because you went through this period where you wouldn't talk to us about anything. You were like, yeah, I've got a doctor's appointment. What is it about?

You know, I don't want to talk about --

STU: Why would you -- why would you want to know --

GLENN: Because your friends care.

STU: You don't care.

GLENN: Well, I said your friends care.

STU: Okay.

(chuckling)

STU: With that clarification, I guess, that's probably true.

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