IF YOU ask your teen not to use social media during the day, chances are you will get a death stare.
But one child impressively kept off all platforms for six years thanks to his mom’s ingenious technique.
This was reported by Lorna Klefsass from Minnesota. KARE 11 that she came up with the idea of paying her son Sivert $1,800 if he could stay off social media until he was 18.
She called it “an 18-on-18 challenge” and her son was in complete agreement at 12.
“At the age of 12, I didn’t have such a wonderful concept about money. So I was just sick, yes, absolutely,” Sievert told KARE.
Lorna explained that he planned to buy a car with his earnings, but when Sievert realized $1,800 wasn’t enough, he continued to strengthen himself.
“He really dug. He said, “I won’t break it.” I’m proud of him because there were a few moments where it was more difficult,” said Lorna.
Lorna was inspired by another mom who entered the 16 by 16 contest, plus she saw firsthand the negative effects of social media on her daughter.
That mother of four explained, “She was so obsessed with keeping up her Snapchat strips that it really affected her mood. This affected her friendship.
“I mean, it was like interference. She was very, very upset, but in less than three weeks, she thanked us and said that she was so happy that she did not have a phone.
However, her daughter now has a healthy relationship with social media, and Lorna hoped the challenge would affect her son.
According to Sievert, the task literally paid off.
“You just hear about everything that’s going on, and only with my friends, and with the school, and like, ‘Oh, someone said that about you’ and ‘Oh, someone did that.’ And I was really spared from all this,” he explained.
Sievert also said that turning away from social media has allowed him to focus on sports and studies, which has no doubt helped him get offers to play college football, which he is now considering.
But after turning 18 and $1,800 richer, Sievert finally took the plunge and started his own Instagram account.
“It’s fun. I feel like I’m 80. I can’t seem to figure out social media. It’s pretty embarrassing.”
In addition, the relationship coach warned parents not to punish their teens thoughtlessly.
Ali Payne explained that thoughtlessly punishing children won’t do much in the long run, and urged parents to instead try to establish a relationship with them that is respectful and trusting.
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