I get up day and night with the hope that if you, social networkers and parents and guardians of kids, knew what goes on you know where–you wouldn’t go there–and neither would your kids. You don’t need to be reminded of the name do you? …since you know of whom you are thinking. But just in case, to avoid any confusion, the social network you are thinking of is really big and flies bigger than life just like the Pinocchio balloon–the biggest one at a recent holiday parade on the streets of New York. Pinocchio…and his nose is growing! Only this is no fairy tale, is it? And the handlers of the big, big balloon with his nose growing bigger by the minute knows–Geppetto Falsetto knows–that Pinocchio’s nose is growing, but he doesn’t seem to mind, or does he? No, instead he just leans in and tells everybody, they need to lean in and tell everyone everything is peachy, t-o-t-a-l-l-y. And you, yes you, need to lean in. And so, no further talk about leaning out or, perish the thought, even worse, getting out t-o-t-a-l-l-y.
Is the spin making you dizzy? Do you see Geppetto hiding one minute, spinning like a top the next?
Watch out for Pinocchio who may fall down on you and on boys and girls running and screaming, “Watch out for the nose, watch out for the nose!” One minute you are being told, in the news, boys and girls are leaving that social network in droves for other social networks. The next minute, you are being told by Geppetto, “No, the youth are not leaving our social network; shucks, that is just a misunderstanding t-o-t-a-l-l-y. In fact they are staying; they are leaning in, coming for the party, staying for the education.”
If you have had enough of the spin, here is the truth: social networks can be dangerous. Hopefully you believe the warning that one social network in particular may be hazardous to your health. To learn more about the dangers and risk, as well as the rewards of social networking, please tune into The [worldwide] Social Network Show conveniently available via the player in the sidebar to the right of this post.
So what do you do? Whom do you believe? Well, one word of warning from the wise old sage: He or she who leans in may fall over.
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