IF YOU ask a teenager not to use social media for a day, you are more likely to get a death glare.
But one kid stayed on all platforms for an impressive six years thanks to his mother’s ingenious engineering.
Lorna Klefsass of Minnesota says KARE 11 that she came up with the idea of paying her son, Sivert $1,800 if he could stop using social media until he was 18.
She calls it the “18 for 18 challenge,” and her son fully participated by the age of 12.
“At the age of 12, I really didn’t have a great concept of money. So I was really like sick, yes, absolutely,” Sivert told KARE.
Lorna explained that he was planning to buy a car with his hard-earned money, but when Sivert realized that $1,800 wouldn’t cut it, he kept going strong.
“He was really digging. He was like, ‘I’m not breaking this.” I’m proud of him for having had a couple of tougher times,” said Lorna.
Lorna was inspired by another mother who did a “16 for 16 challenge” and she has witnessed firsthand the downsides of social media for her daughter.
The mother of four explains: “She’s so obsessed with maintaining her Snapchat streaks that it really affects her mood. It affects her friendships.
“I mean, it was like an interference. She was really, really upset, but it wasn’t until three weeks later that she thanked us and said she was happy to be without my phone. me.”
Now, however, her daughter has a healthy relationship on social media, and Lorna hopes the challenge will do the same for her son.
According to Sivert, the challenge literally paid off.
“You just hear about all this stuff that’s going on and only with my friends and with the school, and like ‘oh someone said this about you’ and ‘oh someone did that.’ And I really got away with all of that,” he explains.
Sivert also said staying away from social media allowed him to focus on sports and school, which certainly helped him get the college football offer he was considering.
But after turning 18 and becoming $1,800 richer, Sivert finally took the plunge and set up his own Instagram account.
“It’s hilarious. I feel like I’m 80 years old. I can’t seem to figure out social media. It’s embarrassing.”
Aly Pain explains that mercilessly punishing them in the long run won’t do much and encourages parents to instead try to connect with them with respect and trust.
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