Explain That Once Something Is Posted On The Internet, It Can't Be Taken Back
The menopausal and dadopausal hormones rushing through your parents' bodies can prevent their brains from understanding the implications of things they post on the Internet. You have to explain to them that even if they delete a post or picture, copies or screenshots of it can be taken. An embarrassing story about your dirty bottom or fighting technique can rapidly spread out of control, causing untold damage.
"Hey Michael, I heard you crapped your pants a bunch when you were 2!"
"I was 2!"
"HAHAHHAHHHAHAHHAHAHA HE ADMITTED IT AAHAHHAHAHHA."
Parents also often fail to understand privacy settings and the scope of the audience they're talking to on the Internet. The kind of "hilarious," "really racist" "jokes" that your dad likes to tell at the dinner table probably won't be as well received when read by people who aren't biologically required to love him.
"Hey, it's Dirty Butt Michael! Hey Dirty Butt Michael, your dad's a monster!"
"He comes from a different time, you guys!"
Explain That Not Everything They Read About The Internet Is True
Parents have many useful skills like ... uh ... knowing things about bonds, I guess. But the parts of their brain that can discern truth from fiction haven't fully formed yet, and this can leave them dangerously vulnerable. Falling prey to scams and fraud is the most obvious threat, depriving your parents of the money they were supposed to be spending on you.
"Son, because of this man in Nigeria, I'm going to need you to not get sick for a year or two."
More worrisome: Your parents' soft, malleable brains leave them vulnerable to sensational reporting. You need to explain to your parents that not everything they read on or about the Internet is true. Sit down with them and go through a few websites, pointing out things to be wary of. Anything where "Obama" is used as a prefix, for example, or whatever the latest moral panic about youth culture is.
"Kids, your mother and I need you to explain to us what buttchugging is."
I know these are awkward conversations to have, but you have to get through them. It's your responsibility as a child to keep your parents safe. If you don't talk to them about buttchugging, who will?
It's us. It's Cracked. We'll tell your parents about buttchugging.
Chris Bucholz is a Cracked columnist, a dad, and does actually know quite a few things about bonds. His first novel, Severance, is incredible and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apex Books. Join him on Facebook or Twitter.
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