Teen Confesses to Driving Drunk on Facebook (Guess What Happens Next?)

Say What!? 9

sideswiped carJacob Cox-Brown is definitely not the smartest kid around. The 18-year-old recently wrote on Facebook:

"Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P"

Cox-Brown's "friends" contacted police, who promptly arrested him.

This leaves me wondering, what has changed so much in the way that we raise our kids that our teens think that it is okay to YouTube, Facebook, or Tweet their indiscretions to the general public but yet seem surprised when they get caught? Do our teens think that social media is sanctuary? Do they have no sense that once the information is live, it is out there forever?

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Our kids are being raised in a world where there is more and more behind-the-screen time with others than there is face-to-face interaction, and they are all losing their social skills and common sense. How else can you explain all the sexts, shaming, and videotaping of sexual acts and illegal activity that teens are sharing with the world? People, in general, get braver online, but mix it with hormones and little common sense and you will see full confessions go viral.

Do you think teens have changed in their morals over the last decade or does it have more to do with the sheer accessibility of a larger venue and the instant gratification mind set of the Internet that has our teens sharing their most intimate indiscretions?

Do you monitor your teen's Facebook page?


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B1Bomber B1Bomber

Social media is just the most recent outlet for teenagers to air their stupid decisions. They've always done it - now they can reach hundreds of people at a time.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Exactly B1Bomber. Good thing they are still dumb enough to rant and rave on a social media site. He will one day look back and think boy was I really dumb.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

My younger sister, who is still in high school. Showed me a picture recently posted on Instagram that showed some kids drinking alcohol in the school. If there's anything stupider than bringing alcohol to high school, it's posting about it on social media.

missusmc missusmc

Incarceration for drunk driving... Classic.  What an idiot.

gridi... gridironsmom

stupid is as stupid does...


 

nonmember avatar Heather

Are you really so far removed from that age you can't even remember it anymore? Screen time and face to face interaction have nothing to do with this. He is a teenager, he posted something to share with his friends because at that age you life and death trust your friends to never betray you. Thankfully he has some mature friends and hopefully one day he' ll see beind the "betrayal" to how they did the right thing.

Reepi... Reepicheep.CSL

How about the fact that we are living in an age where many parents think it is more important to be their child's bff than to actually parent their child? How about the fact that it is considered old fashioned and out dated to have manners and morals?

In an age when we expect schools to parent our children why should parents teach their children to 1) not drink underage, 2) not drive drunk 3) not post about it online as if it were a joke.

Friends don't tell friends what to di and unfortunately too many parents have decided to be friends instead of parents.

nonmember avatar Emmie

I agree with reepicheep. Too many parents want to be the friend and not the bad guy. As a mom who lost a child to a drunk driver i will be talking to my other children about the ramifications of their actions. That teen desearves jail time.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Mine aren't old enough. I doubt I will though.


However, as an adult who uses the net and FB, I have surprised myself with the vast amount of info I have put out there that I totally should not have.


What he did was immaturity, and perhaps a lack of intellect. Lets hope his lesson is learned, and that he repays his debt for a hit and run (that may have otherwise gone without compensation)

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