As I see kids growing in front of me and the effect social media has nowadays, I wonder – “Once my kid grows up, will she use social media wisely??”
I have seen the stubbornness of kids, not listening to their parents and staying online whole day and night. playing games, chatting. As a parent, we always worry about, How my kid will use facebook, twitter?,” Will he accept friend requests from a stranger?, What if he loses his focus on studies? Will he ever listen to me?, What can I do to make sure that he uses facebook/twitter wisely?
I feel as a parent/elder, we can take some steps to ensure that social media doesn’t harm our kids and to set proper guidance for kids to use social media wisely. You would never, ever allow your child to cross the road without looking for traffic, would you? Well, you need to take the same type of precautions when they are surfing online. In fact, internet safety is much, much more important than offline safety. The bruises your kids suffer in the real world can be cured with bandages. But chat dangers, cyber bullying, etc inflict serious emotional scars
I am working in social media industry from last 9 years. Also I have seen a few children and teenagers growing around up in my family, friends fraternity….So I decided to write on this topic and help parents.
If you are aware that your child has created a Social Media profile, you need to ensure that appropriate safety and security settings are in place including important home rules for use of online media. You may be concerned about them entering into the world of Social Media, but with a little parental control, Social Media and Networking can be a very useful tool for your kid. With the kind of current competition in today’s society, easy to access, peer pressure, in next few years it would be impossible for your kids to be away from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter. However, there are great advantages of Social media usage. Your kid can know about latest updates by liking news page on Facebook and through Twitter, reading about their favorite brands and offers, also it is a great way to stay in touch with friends and extended family.. We as parents, teachers, seniors need to explain children about the pros and cons of social media and help them to use it wisely. There are many social media websites and there will be more to come in future..Currently, the popular websites are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Myspace, Club Penguin.
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