So who is this Lauren and why is she a genius? I reached out to her newspaper in hopes of getting more information, but maybe my eagerness set off some security alarms. Lauren’s last name isn’t included in the paper for her protection, though her picture is. She also has a Twitter account, launched in conjunction with her column.
So far she’s used it to Tweet Daniel Radcliffe once and Ellen DeGeneres twice.
Her Twitter bio almost reads like it’s constructed by an adult posing as a child (or a children’s t-shirt slogan writer). “I love horses, kitties, music, TV, movies, reading, dogs, camping, swimming, hanging out with friends and helping others. I HATE math and mean people.”
The idea that Lauren could be a product of a young adult author, or even an adult writer who picks the brain of an 11-year-old daughter’s brain, isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
But a lot of people thought the same thing about Tavi Gevinson, the child blogger who revitalized the fashion industry at age 12, and at 16 is running an esteemed online magazine for girls. We’re always under-estimating kids’ intuition because of their lack of ‘life experience,; when in fact, their experiences are the same as adults, only harder. Scars of betrayal, insecurity, identity crises, fear of loneliness and failure, kids go through it too, sometimes all in one day and for the first time. Lauren knows. She’s been there.
Here’s what she wrote in her very first op-ed for the paper, entitled “Don’t Be Fooled by Frenemies:”
“A girl from one of the groups of girls at my old school came over to me one day at the lunch table. She acted really nice like she wanted to sit with me and have lunch. We talked for a little bit and then she asked me if I liked a certain boy. I said, ‘Yeah, he’s nice. He’s my friend.’ She went back to her group of friends and spread rumors that I had a crush on this boy. She totally tricked me into making me think she liked me and wanted to be friends.”
It’s a cafeteria equivalent of a backstabbing co-worker climbing a corporate ladder, or just a sexy guy with problems. The warning signs are no different.