I have used Twitter during minor breaking news stories and major one previously but today, the ease of use and how much information is available hit home again.
I was on Twitter as breaking news was happening 250 miles away at the University at Buffalo. I follow several people from the Buffalo area on Twitter and one of them re-tweeted news from campus of the library on North Campus being evacuated due to a suspected gunman. I immediately called my son who was amazed at the information I had but that had not gotten out to the student community yet.
My son and I talked back and forth while the local newspaper also asked me questions as I had sent them some information I had gotten from Buffalo. I left the computer to attend a meeting, staying in text touch with my son to be sure all was okay as he was not at his apartment but couldn’t really leave where he was.
I am fairly certain my son would not have thought to call me until this had hit papers the next day. He does know that I check the Buffalo News each morning along with my blog list. Even then, those of us in our early 20’s don’t necessarily attach importance to the same things our parents do so he may not have called then.
While I am by no means a helicopter parent, I do like to know what is going on. I also like to know when a major incident, whether proven or not, happens. I don’t check in daily with my son or any of my college kids. I open up AIM in case they want to contact me as that is easy for them.
How do you keep in touch with your college-aged children? How do you envision keeping in touch when your little ones get older? When do we truly let go?