I just read "Equally good and equally horrible," (published in the Oct. 13, 2021, Hermiston Herald) and it just makes my blood boil.
If the adults are not going to man up and put some serious guardrails on social media; if they flat out refuse to protect kids form all manner of bullying and meanness and cruelty, then there is still something very powerful and effective kids can do for themselves and each other. They can simply shut off all social media — I mean it.
If they can get through the first week, then the withdrawal of the first two to three days will be the hardest. But then they will experience a new peace that has been longed for but missing for a very long time. They will surprise themselves by finding other ways of filling their time and connecting with their friends.
I hope they do it en masse. They will be doing themselves and each other a huge favor — and who knows, they might even inspire some change with the groveling social media owners.