Tonight’s episode of T.I. And Tiny: the Family Hustle was largely dedicated to Shekinah researching her idea of what it’s like to be white, but T.I. still found a way to teach his children a value lesson about a scary place we frequent every day: the internet. With Deyjah in danger of oversharing, Tip called a family meeting to explain the proper ways to social network.
T.I.’s Fatherly Wisdom: Certain Things You Gotta Keep To Yourself“Kids don’t realize by putting their whole life out there, it ain’t just them it’s the whole family in jeopardy,” Tip said, after learning Deyjah was sharing details about her famous parents and siblings on Instagram. “And plus, you don’t really need to put all that information out there. All the time, man, nobody really cares. It ain’t that important.” Sometimes. Deyjah’s dad’s studio sessions with the likes of Rihanna and Lil Wayne is much more interesting than my father’s activity on the local school board. (Sorry, Pops.)
By calling a family meeting, Tip took an opportunity to instruct all of his children on what to share and how to share it. Major might be a few years away from following his classmates on Twitter or playing Candy Crush, but it’s good for him to understand these things anyway. You dig? “Social media is filled with people that you don’t know. You don’t know these people and you don’t know their intentions,” he explained. “There are certain things you’ve gotta keep to yourself. I’m just really trying to make sure that you understand the importance of protecting yourself because everybody out there ain’t a fan. Being a part of a high-profile family has its perks, but there are certain dangers that come with being well-known around the world. It’s never too early for Tip and Tiny’s kids to brace themselves for what might arise down the road–or simply understand how to properly use a hashtag.
What did you think about Tip’s lesson on social media? Is Deyjah too young to have her own Instagram account? How do you teach your kids about social networking? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.