TV show host Nev Schulman shares if he’ll let his kids have internet friends [Exclusive]
Meeting people online is commonplace, just like MTV host Nev Schulman Catfish: The TV Show be comfortable one day allowing your children to have friends on the Internet?
Schulman recently pondered this question with Showbiz Cheat Sheet in preparation that her three children, who are still very young, might one day connect with others online. His response was nothing short of a classic dad response.
Catfish’s Nev Schulman explains how he’ll manage his kids by making friends online
Schulman was tricked by a woman he met online. The trip was documented in the 2010 film Catfish, and the notion of the fake persona online has become a cultural and societal phenomenon. Schulman was 24 when he was “catfished” by a woman who took Schulman on a journey of deception and lies. After Schulman’s documentary aired, others came forward, sharing that they too had experienced something similar. Therefore, Catfish: The TV Show was born.
Now Schulman is a father and the stakes are a bit higher when it comes to his children. “I think I’m always going to make sure to do a full background check on anyone they may interact with,” he said jokingly (kinda not). “They’ll just know if you meet someone on the internet, come see dad, let him do his thing and do the math. And if everything looks good, we’re all ready.
‘Catfish’ was still the ‘best thing that ever happened to me,’ Nev said
While Schulman will be monitoring his kids’ online activity, he added, “But at the same time, meeting a stranger online and getting fished out was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“I think people have to have their own experiences and make their own mistakes,” he said.
Catfish co-host Kamie Crawford wasn’t exactly on the same page. “I don’t think my future children will use the internet,” she laughed. “I think we’re going to have a family computer, like the one I grew up with.” But then she dropped this bombshell: “But I was still in the chatrooms! Catfishing, lying about my age.
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While Schulman was fished online, Crawford said she too was fished but in real life. “So I’ve definitely been in situations where, in particular, a very long friendship that I’ve had where the person has lied to me about everything,” she revealed. “From simulating an engagement to where they were traveling. Like talking to me like they’re in a different time zone when they’re really on the street. It was chaos. It was madness.”
“I really think this situation prepared me for this show,” she continued. “Because now I don’t know if I’m cynical or if I don’t know what it is, but now I don’t believe anything. I don’t believe anything or anyone [laughs]. So, yes, it can happen. It happens. And, we see it all the time when we love people and care about people. It doesn’t just have to be about romantic relationships either, because it was just a friendship and it happened to me and can happen to anyone.
Schulman seemed a little stunned to hear Crawford’s story. But it explains why she often seems skeptical on the show — and why she’s likely going to be heavily involved with her future children’s computer use.
A new season of Catfish: The TV Show is on MTV every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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