Sometimes the craziest things transport us backward like a time machine. While holding a skillet to make an egg omelet this morning, I held it up to my face and said… “Romper bomper stomper boo, tell me, tell me, tell me do, magic mirror tell me today, did all my friends have fun at play?”
My daughter Izzy stared at me and in an effort to gauge my sanity she asked… what did you just say ???
I explained about a local TV show I watched as a kid called Romper Room hosted by a woman who called herself Miss Jean. She had a “Magic Mirror” that she used to see and speak with the boys and girls in her television audience at home. She pretended to see through her magic vanity mirror without glass and would say, “I see Suzie and Tommy and Jimmy and Kathy and Ricky all had fun today.” I never got a mention neither did anyone with an uncommon name Scout, Tricksy or Missy Lee.. One feature of the show was the “Do-Bee” and “Don’t-Bee” game…. “Do-Bee a milk drinker,” “Do-Bee a room-straightener,” “Do-Bee a bed-maker”; Don’t-Bee a street-crosser” and “Don’t-Bee a nasty tongue.”
As I explained the show I could see Izzy wasn’t enjoying my trip down memory lane. I asked her what she was frowning at and she replied “that’s creepy” … pretending to look into other peoples homes and talking to their kids.. creepy.
So I said OK, then help me then to understand the purpose behind Snap Chat, Instagram and Tik Tok?
Snapchat is a messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they’re been shared with friends.
Instagram is a photo sharing app which allows users to assign filters to photos and share them with followers…ie lots of people…
Tik Tok is a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering short music videos… The app is used mostly by young people who use it to as a singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing platform.
After hearing about these popular applications I asked …so would you say that some of the stuff on these has been somewhat creepy? Yes sometimes..she said. Now for the big question..
Which is more creepy a woman who can’t really see into someone’s homes and lives but tries to get kids to be good do bee’s or applications where kids sometimes act who act like don’t bee’s are putting creepy stuff on the internet? Her response… who you make me some scrambled eggs please?
If Izzy is a Good Do Bee next year she’ll be getting a magic mirror (with the mirror glass) as her next birthday present.