Grrr….Now Facebook has Invaded the Dinner Table!

And you, like I, thought the family dinner table was sacrosanct!  Surely the dinner table is the last bastion of family togetherness and now Facebook is challenging even that!

While the family sit around at dinner table chatting about their day, a teen obsessively checks her status updates on her phone to escape what she sees as the boring conversation her family. As she clicks on each update posted by her friends she metaphorically disappears from the dinner table into the picture and loses herself in the excitement as her friends’ experience take over the room — suddenly one of her friends is thrashing on his drum set in the corner of the room, ballet dancers pirouette across the table and then she is joins a snowball fight.  All the time, Aunty is presented as sharing the tedious detail of what went on in her day.

A call to arms parents, I say – can I shout out  – NO PHONES AT THE DINNER TABLE!

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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9 Responses to Grrr….Now Facebook has Invaded the Dinner Table!

  1. franciscameron says:

    fully agree.xx

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thank you for your comment. If you are on Facebook could you ‘like us’ on the right hand side and help us to spread the word. That would be much appreciated.

  2. Reblogged this on allaboutmanners and commented:
    Thanks for bringing this home!

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thank you for your comment. If you are on Facebook could you ‘like us’ on the right hand side and help us to spread the word. That would be much appreciated.

  3. Simon says:

    Thanks Renata,

    I always enjoy your blogs.

    Until the end of the commercial, I thought that it was showing how using her phone was isolating the girl from her family! I didn’t realise that it was advocating using the phone to ‘improve’ on her family interaction (or lack of interaciton).

    I’m going to show this to our 12 yr old, who has a phone but no social networking accounts, tonight but stop it a few seconds before the final pitch and see what he thinks the clip is about.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Yes, sad isn’t it! Simon, if you have any topics that you think would be good to include or you would like to write an blog about I would be happy to post either, Kind Regards, Renata

  4. Thank you very much for posting this. I would like to repost it on my blog. Please let me know if this is ok for you.

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