Teenagers, Moms and social media: A sometimes awkward mix

Would your child accept your presence on her favorite social media site?
Would your child accept your presence on her favorite social media site? Getty Images/iStockphoto

I now have the Snapchat app on my phone. I did this to understand the teenage world. But it is a world that does not want me.

When I told my 16-year-old I was going to Snapchat (is that a verb now?) he was not amused.

"No," he said. "You can't. You're too old."

So then I had to - though I needed a Millennial colleague to help me figure out the thing.

And now my only friend on Snapchat is my son (because, he's right, no one my age uses this).

My only reason for trying this app is because experts say parents must understand the social media their kids use. And I read something recently that Snapchat can be a good place for teens, not the naked-picture site we feared.

But immersing yourself, or trying to, in their technology may be best in theory. I'm finding it not so great with actual human children.

My teenager would concede I have a right to know what he's doing online, but he views my latest attempt at online interaction about like he'd view me trying to enter his team's locker room. I'm in a place, he thinks, no Mom should go.

So he has refused to respond to my Snaps (is that the right word?), repeating his assertion that I am not of the right generation.

I told him I would keep sending him photos and messages until he Snapchatted with me.

"I'll block you," he said.

I wanted to threaten to block him right back, but A) that is just what he wants and B) I don't know how to do that.

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