Special Report: iGeneration

You've probably heard of Facebook and Twitter. What about Snapchat or Tumblr? They're all social networks and your kids have probably heard of them all.

We had a candid conversation with a round-table of students from Bowling Green Independent, Allen, Simpson, and Warren County schools about growing up with the Internet.

Here's a look at what the iGeneration had to say...

"We all re-tweet and tweet each other back and forth, I know i do constantly, so that's how I keep in touch with my friends," said Kasey Kenyon, a student at Franklin-Simpson High.

"Facebook, I've kind of moved on from Facebook, I don't know about you all, I'm kind of moving on from that, but I'm on Twitter all day. It's always on my phone and Instagram too," explained Caroline Ford, WBKO's Teen Correspondent.

"Definitely at school at lunch, they'll be sitting right across from you and we'll just Facetime," said Maiya Henderson, a student at Moss Middle.

While social media can be a great way to keep in touch, it can also be easy to post messages anonymously.

Nationally there's the story of Megan Meier, a teen who committed suicide after being cyber-bullied by a person she thought was a
teen-age boy, but turned out to be the mother of one of her former friends.

There's also Karen Klein, the adult bus monitor, who was bullied by a group of teens. They recorded it and the video went viral.

"I personally think that they do it behind a computer because they don't want to do it in person because they don't have the guts to do it in person, so they so they do it over the Internet because they can hide behind the computer," explained Maiya.

"I think what we do hear about it is sensationalized and everyone automatically thinks that it happens everywhere. I think it's much less prevalent than the media make it out to be," said Aaron Holder, a student at Allen County Scottsville High.

"That kind of stuff happened before the Internet. The Internet and cyber-bullying, it's changed the problem, but it's still the same problem," explained Owen Hanna, a student at Bowling Green High.

Some of the teens we spoke to either limit their time on social networks or they don't use them at all.

"My mom she really doesn't want me to right now. She knows I'm a responsible person, but she'd rather not have me out there with the dangers of the Internet. The Internet is good, but it can also be bad and right now she doesn't want me to be with that, so I'll respect her wishes until she decides to change her mind," said Gabrielle Innocent, a student at Warren Central High.

"I don't use social networks a whole lot. I get on during the day. I'm eating lunch, I'll pull out my phone and look through and see what pictures there are, what's been going on with my friends, but I don't have a Twitter because I don't spend a lot of time with it, so there's not really a point to me having it," said Taylor King, a student at Allen County Scottsville High.

One thing they all do is either set strict privacy settings or adhere to one rule.

"I don't like to put anything anywhere on the Internet that everyone can see, that i don't want everyone to see," explained Caleb Howard, a student at Bowling Green High.

While the iGeneration is almost always plugged in, they all agree sometimes it's nice to go home and disconnect.

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