Summer break is on the horizon and there will be lots of time for teens and young adults to make memories (and mistakes). We want to ensure they’re making the most of their time and enjoying it.
Below are a few tips on what NOT to do to have a drama-free summer:
5. Get in an online fight with a celebrity. We all love to voice our opinions about celebrities who do wild and obnoxious things, have bad hair days or overuse photoshop. But resist getting into a battle with celebrities, politicians or anyone who has a fanbase as dedicated as Beyonce’s. They sting. And they will come for you, boo. Have you seen “Swarm”?
4. Put your friends or family on blast publicly. Sure, best friends can disappoint us and sometimes our siblings can do jerky things. But, there is a better way to bring this to their attention. Instead of posting a shade-filled status update, pick up the phone, send an email or schedule a Zoom meeting. Just kidding on the Zoom meeting. But you really should talk it out.
3. Post incriminating pics or videos on Instagram or TikTok. This is one of the best ways to kiss your summer internship, college acceptance or job security good-bye. Even if everyone else is doing it, DO NOT post pics of drug use, private parts or illegal activity.
2. Make racist or homophobic posts and comments – anywhere. This one should be obvious but in the wake of what’s happened in the U.S. over the past few years, apparently it isn’t. People are losing their jobs and livelihoods. Think before you post, seriously. I always say, “what’s in my head doesn’t have to be said.” Making racist and homophobic comments is rude (first of all) and also mean. If you want to stay employed either change your thinking or don’t post your thoughts.
1. Do something productive. Of course this doesn’t follow the format of the other tips because you actually SHOULD engage in activities that inspire you and those around you. Kindness is the key to a kick-butt summer. Volunteer or advocate for a worthy cause, get a summer job or learn a new skill. Staying occupied will keep you out of trouble and give you a confidence boost.
So in conclusion, don’t be a jerk online, stay off the Internet when you’re in a crappy mood and overall, think before you Tweet or whatever you do.