Matthew McConaughey made sure to tell his teenage son the good, bad and ugly of social media before letting him join on his 15th birthday.
The Oscar winner, who shares son Levi with wife Camila Alves, finally gave in and let his son create a social media account in July after three years of deliberation.
“Let’s talk about what it’s about,” he said on “Today” about how he broached the subject with his eldest son. “Let’s talk about setbacks. Let’s talk about falls. Let’s talk about the a*sets. Let’s talk about the pitfalls.
“Let’s talk about what you mean.” What is your story? Because what often happens with young people and social media is that they wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes to mind is: “What is a good post?” “Instead of asking yourself, ‘What do I want to do today?'” he added.
The 53-year-old actor advises young people to pay more attention to their own lives before rushing to share everything on social platforms, and admits his son is still learning the ins and outs of the online world .
“I mean, we’re still taking baby steps, you know, how immediately he’s in touch with it,” he shared. “What it exports. And we cross, we measure, we discuss.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star continued: “We asked him to look at a lot of other people he looked up to, their posts. We discussed, “Why do you like it?” “And then you see some people who were maybe more successful, and you wonder, “But why did they do it?”
“Were they relevant for the right reasons? McConaughey said he asked Levi. “Were they relevant for reasons that were actually about being more themselves, rather than acting like someone else? The discussion is ongoing.
In July, McConaughey and Alves introduced their son to their own social media followers on Levi’s 15th birthday.
“Happy birthday Levi Alves McConaughey,” his father said in a joint Instagram post with Alves.
“Can you believe it?” she said, turning to her husband. “Fifteen year old,” he replied, adding, “Hey, buddy, your mom’s a little nervous today. One of the gifts we’re giving you, yes, we’re allowing you today to join the world of social media.
“The Gentlemen” star revealed the couple had been discussing since he was 12 when they would give their blessing for him to get an account.
“All his friends have been suffering from it for a long time,” Alves noted. “We held on.”
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McConaughey added: “He knows who he is and he knows where he’s going. I think he can handle it. He has a beautiful story to tell and share.
“Levi, enjoy the adventure, enjoy telling your story, expressing yourself, what you publish and the exchanges you have with people.”
The couple also share two younger children: Vida, 13, and Livingston, 10.