It is becoming extremely difficult for parents to keep an eye on the activities of their teen and pre teen kids these days. The world of internet has really not helped parents when it comes to keeping an eye on the activities of their children. And just when they thought they had a track of them online by familiarizing themselves with the likes of Facebook etc, the kids got ahead of them. Yet again!
Tween and teen-agers, kept off Facebook or tracked on line by their well-intended parents have turned to the likes of Instagram and Snapchat as a seemingly innocuous social-network rebound.
Here are the results:
Instagram sign up gives birthday options that do not have an age younger than 13.
A 2012 Pew report about teenage online behavior found that 45 percent of online 12-year-olds use social-network sites and that the number doubles to 82 percent for 13-year-old Internet users.
A few months ago, Washington Post published an article titled, "What parents need to know about Instagram."
Parents are mostly ignorant about the likes of Instagram and Snapchat. No doubt, they are beginning to realize there’s more out there than Facebook that they have to monitor for their kids, but we have a feeling, by the time they master these, the kids would be on to smarter apps and technologies.
Numerous software programs now offer cool new ways to chat and swap pictures. While there are people who believe that children have a right to develop, to grow up and to make mistakes and must not be regularized too much. However, there are those as well who are concerned about the influences their young and impressionable children may be exposed to, as well as the bullying that is becoming too much of a common occurrence.
Parents who want to keep up with their children’s online activities should try different tactics now. They can’t stop them from everything. The wise thing at the moment would be to take them in confidence and talk to them one on one.
Tell them all the pros and cons and about privacy controls. They should know they can’t trust just anyone out there. It’s something similar to the ‘sex talk’ parents dreaded having a generation or two ago. But it’s not that hard. At least we hope not!