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Why You Should Protect Your Kids from Themselves on Social Media

December 21, 2017 No Comments

Featured article by Karthik Krishnan, Independent Technology Author

child 300x170 Why You Should Protect Your Kids from Themselves on Social MediaSocial media has advanced to the point where kids get involved with them at a very young age. That can be a good thing, as it indoctrinates them early on into a world which they will likely have to navigate as they get older. But the downside is obvious as well. Kids and teenagers often aren’t well-equipped enough to handle some of the harsher aspects of social media. In addition, they could also be tempted to engage in inappropriate behavior, and the discovery of that by others can follow them around for much of their lives.

As a parent, it can be a difficult decision whether or not to interfere in the social media activity of children. On one side of it, the concerns about abusing their privacy are understandable, and you don’t want your kids to lose their trust in you. But the other way to look at it is that social media can be a very dangerous place for kids of a certain age. Just as you would intervene in a heartbeat if they were stuck in an unsavory location in the real world, so too should you be ready to step in when their social media usage puts them in some sort of jeopardy.

Once you’ve decided that you need to find out about your kids’ social media activity, a Snapchat spy app is one effective way you can approach this issue. Here are some of the reasons you should consider doing so.

Immaturity Concerns

Kids always have a lofty idea about how much they can handle at a young age, whether that relates to them watching a scary movie or ordering some giant entrée on a restaurant menu. They can also carry that attitude into their social media activity, thinking that they are ready to handle whatever comes their way. If it leads them to adult content that they might not be ready to understand, the damage that is done could be long-lasting.

Watching for Bullies

You don’t need to be an avid reader of the news to know that cyberbullying is a problem prevalent among teens and even younger children. Many kids who are the targets of such behavior are reluctant to tell their parents about it because of embarrassment. You, as a parent, need to know if this is transpiring because the consequences can be dire if it isn’t addressed in a timely fashion.

Growing Up Too Fast

A common concern among parents with certain social media sites is that they encourage sexual behavior among kids who aren’t yet ready for such behavior. When kids see others of their own age acting in a sexual manner, they think that they should be doing the same, even if they aren’t mentally, physically or emotionally ready. Parents have every right to step in and prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Make sure, if you are going to let your kids participate in social media, that you explain your concerns and the possible dangers of it. From there, you should keep a watchful eye on their activity to prevent any worst-case scenarios from occurring.

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Karthik Krishnan

Tech addict, the explorer, living with the internet. The passion for technology has never failed to fascinate in every stage of his life. He maintains his own blog Tripontech. Now, he regularly contributes to some of the popular magazines, sharing his experience with the world. His work has appeared in Huffingtonpost and Socialnomics.net.

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