In a Twitter thread that has since gone viral, writer Joanna Schroeder laid out her observations of her own children and her theory on how online media can steer white teenagers towards extremist views.

Schroeder began by speaking from her own experience as a mother of teenage sons.

According to Schroeder white, mostly male teens initially absorb various forms of bigotry through memes which they then ignorantly share.

They are obviously criticized for this by those not in their similarly influenced peer group.

According to Schroeder, the teen’s reaction to this reaction is what leads to them rejecting mainstream and progressive views as the “too sensitive” thinking of “snowflakes.”

The result, says Schroeder, is that the teens feel persecuted and turn toward hateful ideologies.

Schroeder advised parents to take an interest in their children’s online behavior and to discuss the underlying assumptions with them.

She also had some comedy recommendations that wouldn’t rot teenager’s brains.

Schroeder ended the thread by sharing a few further resources and by encouraging parents to “stay engaged and challenge our kids without shaming them.”

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*First Published: August 13, 2019, 11:49 am