Fun Facebook Memes… Or Are They? {Tween/Teen Tuesday}

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Michael has a new favorite past time.

He sends me things.

More than “things,” he sends me these – (I think they’re called memes – rhymes with themes – but Karen calls them “Creative Engagement Graphics,” and that makes me giggle).

Some are cute:

Inappropriate facebook pages

Some are… silly:

Inappropriate facebook page names

Some make your heart melt:

Facebook Memes

and some make you roll your eyes a little:

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but they’re all part of being a tween right now. These “memes” are popping up all over facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram right now.

There are many, many places your tweens (and teens) could be getting these graphics, but one place is on inappropriate facebook pages.

I started to notice then when Michael “liked” some of these graphics in his facebook timeline, I would see something like this:

inappropriate facebook page names

Except instead of where I wrote in “this inappropriate page,” I would see pages like this:

Facebook Memes

and this:

bad facebook pages sharing pics

Michael didn’t notice it, of course, because under the name of the page was a photo like this:

He would “like” the photo and immediately it would be shared on his friend’s timelines, with the inappropriate page name right above it.

I’m not against these photos, or memes. Actually, there are a lot of adult-oriented memes – think Ryan Gosling’s “Hey Girl” and the wildly popular someecards. I’m against the pages that are allowed to use inappropriate names to share memes that are targeted at tweens and teens.

I’m going to share with you how to help your child make these images “safe” to share on his or her social network. Though this method is not recommended for copyrighted images, I don’t believe these images are in the same “realm” of being protected by copyrights. At this point, I’ll allow my son to share the appropriate ones, but only if he removes the page names.

1. Take a screenshot of the image you want to share.

If your tween has an iPod Touch or iPhone, press the round “home” button at the same time that you press the top right “sleep” button. This will save a photo of the screen in your camera roll.

2. Crop the page name out of the photo.

-Click the photo, then click “edit” in the top right corner.

-On the bottom right corner, you’ll see a “crop box.” Click it and crop the page name out of the photo.

-On the top right, click “crop” and then “save.”

Now they can post the photo to their social network the same way they would share any other photo.

If your tween has an Android:

I have never used an Android, so I pulled up some articles for you:

6 Ways To Take Screenshots On An Android

How To Edit A Photo On An Android

Again, I don’t recommend doing this for copyrighted images. This is something that’s helpful to get inappropriate content out of our children’s hands. The kids inadvertently share it with their friends, which – unfortunately – is just what the page admins want.

What kind of things are going on with your kids and technology right now? Do you have any tips for other parents of tweens and teens? I’d love to hear them!

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Comments

  1. Ugh! It’s so sad that people have to do obnoxious things like that with the names. So nice that you’re sharing a way for people to avoid that because most of the memes are SO funny! :) I especially like the first one!

    • I know, right?

      Michael didn’t even realize what he was sharing and liking until I pointed it out one day – there are probably a lot of kids doing it!

  2. I think it’s weird how Facebook pull breastfeeding photos but its OK for people to create pages with inappropriate and down right vulgar names sometimes! Maybe we should start reporting them? I still won’t let my 12 year old have a FB account. Not long ago my dad’s account was hacked and had been posting pornographic videos! They were showing up in my feed… He had no idea because he moved to an area with no internet capable providers so he also couldn’t fix it! You just never know what someone else is posting and putting in your child’s newsfeed. Even if it’s not really them.
    I have actually not shared a meme because of the site it was originally from. Good call making them edit that part out. I wouldn’t have thought of that, lol.

  3. Wow! I’m glad you blogged about this. My teen girl figured out how to share the image without the website with the obnoxious title. She hadn’t, however, really noticed the obnoxious title until I mentioned I didn’t think she should be sharing photos from a site (which is otherwise really cool) with a name like I F-ing Love Science. What I want to know is WHY on earth a cool site that obviously appeals to teen and tween nerds would call themselves that? Well, they ARE sometimes very political, but they also post funny, science-nerd humor. I am grateful I have a sweet, honest, thoughtful girl who immediately fixed the issue, and has paid closer attention to the sites she shares.

  4. Oh no, I think that this is a terrible idea. Now, when your child’s friends share the picture, it is YOUR CHILD’S NAME that will show up on Facebook pages everywhere as the meme spreads. It’s THEIR ALBUM that the link will trace back to, and as Facebook is constantly changing privacy policies and procedures, even the most diligent and savvy user will inevitably let something slip into public view that they intended to keep private. What teenager is thinking in terms of worst-case-scenario privacy, anyway? Their brains are simply not developed enough to think through long-term, hypothetical consequences in that way.

    There are better ways.

    These predatory friend-collection and click bait sites rarely create content. With a google images search (or tin eye, or bing images, etc.) just search with the url of the image. The results will include other instances of that image, and at least one, probably dozens, should be more reputable/respectable. They should be able to find either the original source of the comedic material (icanhasheeseburger, CollegeHumor, FunnyOrDie), or a meme aggregator, like FunnyMemes or someone’s Tumblr.

    They’ll also look cooler, because it will seem like they found this hilarious thing on the internet, as opposed to clicking “share” on something they saw on someone else’s page. (Netiquette: the polite thing to do, so that one doesn’t steal credit for finding something that a friend dug up, is to give a “hat tip” to the friend whose page you saw it on first. In a comment, it would look like this: “LOL It’s funny cuz it’s true. h/t Jason Ping”)

  5. […] 4. Think twice before sharing. When you “like” that inappropriate picture that was posted by ___________ (enter horribly inappropriate page name here)–you know, the one that shows a half naked woman with a degrading comment across her chest? I can see that. And when you share the status update from the inappropriately named page or website, I can see that. I don’t want to know that my friend’s husband likes and shares content from a page named… well, you can imagine. Here’s a quick example of what I’m talking about, from the post I wrote about this subject: […]

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