More than 4, of you responded to our survey this year and one thing was clear: Liking someone — or having someone like you — can be soooooooo embarrassing. How embarrassing? Enough to make kids blush, hide in the restroom at school, or even feel like throwing up. Nothing romantic about that! This can lead to problems. Nick, 10, said he felt embarrassed and angry when people started talking about how he has a crush on a certain girl.
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This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups. These revelations sparked a media firestorm. Zuckerberg also pointed to data, included in the leaked slides, that showed how, in eleven out of the twelve areas of concern that were studied such as loneliness and eating issues , more teen-age girls said that Instagram helped rather than hurt. In the background, however, the company paused work on a new Instagram Kids service. This is far from the first time that Facebook has faced scrutiny. What struck me about this particular pile-on, however, was less its tone—which was near-uniformly negative—than what was missing. In many cases, the writers seethed with frustration about the lack of such retribution enacted to date.
This weekend, my daughter, who is eight, had an amazing soccer tournament. She hustled, made smart, strategic passes, and executed some gorgeous crosses in front of goal. She also scored seven times, helping her team win the final and take home the trophy. But why, pray tell, should my strong, fast, fierce daughter who just kicked ass in back-to-back games be excited by being cute while she did it? Also: she is eight. The only saving grace in this interaction was that my daughter blessedly had zero clue what this person was talking about, or why she should care. At least not yet. But it reminded me that the way we have traditionally spoken to young girls, and the toxic messages embedded within that speaking, are bothersome at best and confidence-eroding at worst.