How to safely introduce children to the social media world by Heather Wicker

 

 

http://www.gbtribune.com/section/212/article/100645/

http://www.ktnv.com/news/contact-13/social-media-apps-putting-children-at-risk

 

Nearly 20,000 children under the age of 13 sneak their way onto Facebook every day, even though the federal law prohibits them from joining social media. This article aims to give some tips on how to let your child into the world on social media in the best way possible. It suggests giving them restrictions at first and slowly easing up on them as time goes on. There are many different kinds of websites that allow children to join and they are targeted specifically for kids. Sites offered by Disney are a good outlet and are monitored to ensure that it is a safe environment for young eyes. Social media is a huge part of the world today, so it would be nearly impossible to keep a kid away from it for too long. The article suggests starting your child out on a site that is more kid friendly and then working your way onto the mainstream ones like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Coaching and helping them along the way is suggested, too. It seems a little far-fetched that a parent would constantly monitor what their children are doing online, but there are precautions that can be taken like security features. Personally, I did not have any restrictions whenever I was growing up, but social media was not nearly as big as it is today. People can post whatever they want online and there is always a chance that your child is going to see something that you do not want them to. I think that educating your kids on the dangers of social media is important so that they can have a safe and fun experience. Being social is a part of being human, and parents need to let their children use social media in the safest way possible. It is also important to consider that there are creeps out there who can get into contact with kids online. People can create personas online and if kids are not aware of those dangers then bad things can happen. Children tend to be naïve and trusting when they should not be.

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Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism