Dear Upcoming G+ Teens,
I apologize, I may have overreacted when I first heard you were coming over here. In my head I suddenly imagined a lot of trolling, flagging, and self-censoring of public posts from the adults. In short: drama.
In all honesty I shouldn't be doubting you. Many of you are mature beyond your years (like what I'm so far out of teenagedom that I don't remember? Thanks +Bliss Morgan
and +Eoghann Irving
for the reminder!). Maybe it's the adults I'm doubting. I see so many immature adults that I think it's only going to get worse when the "younger" crowd moves in, but my experience should tell me otherwise. I played online games with you for over a decade. Hell I'm just now a decade out of my own teenage years and I remember the bias I got if I introduced my age before interacting with the "adults" in groups. Tossing you teens in here will likely give you a mental and emotional boost in regards to maturity, and maybe your youthful energy and optimism will be a bright light for some of the adults. Hell, maybe you'll make some of the adults
I think maybe my only request of you would be the same request I make to the 18+ crowd. When you make your own posts or reply to someone else's, take +Wil Wheaton
's advice. "Don't be a dick." (What? Don't look at me like that. I know you've heard worse from your own age group.) Don't troll. Don't flame. Don't spam. Don't take things personally. Be respectful. Participate in the discussions and you'll find you'll really like it here. We aren't your average social media group.
Much <3 from us "old peeps,"