The Vine

My kids are always grabbing my computer, iPad or phone.  Often they use them for legitimate reasons, like finding directions or where the movie is playing.  At other times, mine just happens to be the most convenient device.  They don’t much like to walk.

The other day I was checking my phone and opened The Vine.  Yes, I have The Vine account because I am the father of teens, and I want to make sure they aren’t sending videos of their naked behind to some boy from their AP physics class.  More probable, with my cute and fairly well-behaved daughters, is that some boy will send them a picture of his naked bum – and I want proof so I can drive to his house and show his mother.

The Vine allows users to take 7 second videos and ship them out for the world to see.  It’s just plain scary.

Lord have mercy if Deloris Piffle had video taped me at her Freshman college sorority dance.  I was a senior in high school and some dude named Neil Wine gave me his fake I.D. so that we could all get into Daddio’s after the party.  I memorized everything on the license, I think he lived at 1419 Park Drive in Columbus, Ohio.  Weight: 173.  Height:  5’11”.  I think I was drinking white wine spritzers.  It was a good lesson.

Anyway, I opened The Vine the other day and started scrolling through the videos on my account, one after another.  But I noticed that it wasn’t actually my account – because the only people I follow on The Vine are DJ and Stephanie and I had videos from folks I’d never met before.

It dawned on me that Stephanie had used my phone to log into her account.  And… she hadn’t logged off.

I’m sure there was a good reason for her to use my phone.  Her’s was probably on the far side of the coffee table and mine on the side closest to her.  Would have required a reach and that takes a lot of energy.

So to help reiterate my point that you should not use other’s technology, I decided to create my own Vine, and post it under her account for all of her followers (including every 8th grader at St. Timothy’s School) to view.

Perhaps that’s a bad example.  I tell them never to post things on someone else’s account.  And yet, I also tell them to be careful when using their TeleInstaChattyGram (there’s a new one every week, I can’t keep up with the names) because some crazy person could post something that might look bad for them.

And that’s exactly what has happened.  Some crazy person (me) posted something that could have been a teeny bit embarrassing.  Hopefully, lesson learned.

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  1. Miss Kemistry

     /  October 2, 2013

    HAHAHAHAHA! (For lack of better words!) being 21 in college and “hip” to the use of Vine I found it very funny that you were calling it “The Vine.” Great post!!

    • Danny Tanner

       /  October 3, 2013

      Yea. My kids corrected me but I didn’t listen. It’s more embarrassing for them that way!

  2. Jane Scott

     /  October 2, 2013

    This is a funny daddy. Lordy, trying to keep up w/his two teens, one still not teen girls.
    Case we were just discussing!
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

    The Real Full House wrote:

    Danny Tanner posted: “My kids are always grabbing my computer, iPad or phone. Often they use them for legitimate reasons, like finding directions or where the movie is playing. At other times, mine just happens to be the most convenient device. They don’t much like to walk.”

    • Danny Tanner

       /  October 3, 2013

      They are a challenge to keep up with! Thanks for reading!

  3. Michele Barrows

     /  October 2, 2013

    Awesome!! I love it!!

  4. That’s great!! My teen looks at Vines all the time….a lot can happen in 7 seconds. Sheesh!!

  5. mamabro

     /  October 2, 2013

    That is too funny!!

  6. Hysterical! That’s greatness! I have Twitter just so I can follow my son and see what he is doing…I don’t know if he is just more well behaved than all of his friends or if he is behaving because he knows at any minute I can see what he is up to! Either way, I’ll take it!

    • I do the same thing, Kate. Parenting these days takes some serious techno-savvy skills! 🙂

      • Danny Tanner

         /  October 3, 2013

        I have all of Lisa’s friends following my girls – that helps too!

      • LOL – it does take skills – and yes, I’m sure he’s only behaving because he knows I check. Of course – it wasn’t that long ago I busted him “I set up this second facebook account so my mom couldn’t follow me” Uh huh. He got away with it for a month before I discovered it! And then he promptly lost everything!

      • One of my kids did the same thing! Clever! Her friend’s mom noticed it and told me. Parents unite!! Let the grounding begin. Ha ha. They think we were born yesterday. 😉

      • I’m actually really relieved to hear I wasn’t the only parent who has gone through it! I knew I couldn’t be, but the validation feels good! 🙂

    • Danny Tanner

       /  October 3, 2013

      I’m guessing the latter.

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