Teenagers who are born today are the first generation to be brought up with the internet. The social media is the new wave that is taking the young ones to meet friends through chatting, sharing videos, and photos. But, there is a danger for teenagers if their use is not regulated.
Some say social media is a great place for young people to learn, socialize, and discover new experiences. What many don’t know is the challenge it can expose the young ones, such as self-harm, cyberbullying, and grooming. In case the teachers and parents were to follow advice from the Department for Education’s model of the famous three Cs (content, contact, and conduct) that could help to normalize positive online behavior plus enhance social media platforms as a safe place and enjoyable.
Companies taking Part in Preventing Young People to Experience Cyber-crime
The increased usage of social media by young people has led to Yubo high penetration of mobile phones. Currently, it is the only successful social media app to help the young generation to socialize responsibly positively. The other company that has responded to the need to prevent young people from getting to risks is Instagram. In October, Instagram extended a measure to ban any graphic images with self-harm intent by restricting content with a suicidal theme.
Other social media platforms have been criticized as well to follow suit and adopt ways that can make their platform safe for the young generation. They are accused of being slow to respond to what other initiators have already started. Educators can play a very critical role in helping young people use the internet wisely as they are passionate about online safety.
Teaching the Parents
The idea of teaching young people about their safety on social media and how they can detect risks online is a great approach. But, also parents need to be trained in ways in which they can take over from the teachers to guide young ones further at home. Teaching parents to become social media savvy is a great way to understand the ins and outs of it.
Equipped parents make it easier to shape their children on how to use social media responsibly. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others are here to stay, and you cannot prevent your child from joining. Instead, you can use the platforms together, teaching your child the dos and don’ts.
When to suspect trouble and what to do about it
When a parent becomes savvy about social media, you will learn every trick your child may be involved in. For instance, if you notice suddenly your child becomes secretive about their account and all of a sudden you start seeing new friends that you suspect, it is your responsibility to ensure you find out what’s going on.
Remember when doing so, never attack in an accusatory manner, but rather state your concerns and give your child time to respond. After they respond, now it is your time to step in and take the necessary step to make sure your child is safe and protected. Please don’t stop there, but explain to them while letting them know it is not a punishment but rather a protection step as a parent.
When the whole society of teachers, parents, and children comes together to learn more about social media, it becomes easier fighting cases of cyber-crime. When the community shows interest in what young ones are doing, it becomes easier protecting internet evil from affecting children.