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BUZZ: Matthew McConaughey warned son of ‘downfalls, traps’ of social media before letting him join

BUZZ: Matthew McConaughey warned son of ‘downfalls, traps’ of social media before letting him join

he said on “Today” of how he approached the topic with his eldest son. “Let’s talk about the upfalls. Let’s talk about the downfalls. Let’s talk about the assets. Let’s talk about the traps.”

“Let’s talk about what you wanna tell. What’s your story? Because what happens a lot of times with young people and social media is they wake up in the morning and the first thing on their mind is, ‘What will be a good post?’ Instead of, ‘What do I want to do today,’” he added.

The actor, 53, advised that youngsters should pay more attention to their own lives before rushing to share everything on social platforms, and admits that his son is still learning the ins and outs of the online world.

The Oscar winner, pictured with son Levi in 2014, finally caved in and let his son create a social media account in July.
The Oscar winner, pictured with son Levi in 2014, finally caved in and let his son create a social media account in July.
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“I mean, we’re still taking baby steps into, you know, how much he’s immediately in touch with it,” he shared. “What he’s exporting. And we’re going through, we’re measuring, we’re discussing things.”

The “Dallas Buyers Club” star went on, “We had him look at a lot of other people that he looked up to, their post(s). We talked, ‘Why do you like those?’ And then you saw certain people that had maybe more hits, and you go, ‘But why did they?’

“Were they relevant for the right reasons?” McConaughey said he asked Levi. “Were they relevant for reasons that actually spoke to being more of themselves, rather than acting like somebody else? The discussion is ongoing.”

McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves have been married since 2012.
McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves have been married since 2012.
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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 years young,” he answered, adding “Hey, buddy, your mom is a little nervous today. One of the gifts we’re giving you, yes, we are allowing you today to join the social media universe.”

The couple also share two younger children: Vida, 13, and Livingston, 10. 
The couple also share two younger children: Vida, 13, and Livingston, 10. 
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“The Gentlemen” star revealed the couple had been discussing when they would give their blessing for him to get an account since he was 12 years old.

“All his friends have had it for a long time,” Alves noted. “We’ve been holding up.”


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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’s got a great story to tell and share.

“Levi, enjoy the adventure, enjoying telling your story, expressing yourself and what you put out there and the exchange you get with people out there.”

The couple also share two younger children: Vida, 13, and Livingston, 10. 

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