"I assure you, my Lord, I have never renounced the old ways. The face I have been obliged to present each day since your absence—that is my true mask."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Halloween is cool because costumes are awesome. Costumes allow us - even as children - to be meaner, scarier, cooler, more confident than we really are. And that's so easy as kids. Mask off, I'm me. Mask on, I'm something else. I'm someone else.
But now, almost twenty years into the 21st century, social media has become our new mask. I see - we all see - a thousand times a day that many adults just don't know how to deal with that kind of anonymity responsibly. Yet, too often, we don't make a point to teach that responsibility to our kids. Until it's too late.
We need to be sure our kids understand that their avatars and screen names do not define who they are. What they say, and how they say it, does.
Think about it.