In these times, the use of mobile phones can no longer be avoided. Starting from learning activities, teaching, working, to buying household goods, everything is done digitally. Mobile phones are also used by children which of course they need for learning activities. Today there are so many children who already have social media.
There are many things that can be gained from using social media. From general knowledge, exploring world history, to the latest news from top artists to our closest friends and family, we can find them all through our social media. Sometimes the use of social media can make adults feel overwhelmed, especially with children.
Why has social media accounts become something that requires special consideration for children and parents?
- Pros of Social Media for Children
→ Children can learn many things, and can explore various kinds of creativity through social media.
→ Children can connect with their friends and people who they share their interests with.
- Cons of Social Media for Children
→ Children are exposed to inappropriate content: violence, malicious things, rebellion, and sexual content.
→ Children can be not aware or do not understand when uploading content that is embarrassing or provokes themselves or others.
→ Children can share personal data with strangers.
→ Cyber bullying.
→ Watching inappropriate advertisements.
→ Child trafficking and child pornography and pedophile networks.
→ Parents often feel happy and proud because they can allow their children to access the world and broaden their knowledge through social media and the internet. However, we need to remember that we are not only paving the way for our children to access the outside world, but we are also actually making way for the outside world to freely access our children.
In the end, it's all in the hands of the parents. You know and want the best for your children. That's why we recommend that parents consider carefully before giving access to a social media account. Remember that this is not just opening their knowledge to the outside world, BUT you are opening the WORLD to enter into your children's lives, opening the outside world to introduce ideologies and thoughts to your children. You are allowing strangers you don't know yourself to communicate and influence your children. Let’s be wise!
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