Social media is the most practical way to share our lives with our family and friends. We've previously talked about both parents being intertwined with technology? and parents who don't lift their head off the phone technology. But could it be that during parents' use of social media, issues such as children's rights and safety are overlooked?
How aware are we of the risks?
From an ethical and legal point of view, at this point, the primary responsibility to protect children lies with the parents.
Child's private space: We can see images taken during toilet training, videos from moments of crying or any burst of emotion on social media. All this may seem endearing to the family or it may have been posted to share with relatives. But each one of them is that child's privacy. Today's baby will grow up and see herself shared, perhaps unsymmobilized. To teach children to protect their privacy, you must first respect ours.
Bullying: The child, who is on social media in all its forms at an early age, may become vulnerable to harm for years to come. How should we protect our children from cyber bullying? Every move leaves a mark, and it doesn't fad off after years. At school, on the street, you may be permanently accessible to everyone, regardless of situations where they may be ridiculed or bullied among their peers.
Abuse: Now to the most terrifying of the risks... Nearly 50 per cent of images found on sites that post child pornographic content come from social media, according to a report by the Australian E-Safety for Children Commission. Innocently, the images we thought we shared with a friend were stolen in bad faith. And they don't have to have nudity in the visuals to do that. Images taken in sports, on the beach, at home are also photoshopped into this crime.
What to Do?
-I recommend that you be cautious about having your child's own profile and do not leave it unsupervised until you reach a maturity that you can manage yourself.
-It is safer to keep these pages locked if special content belonging to the child is shared from the social media profiles of family members. This ensures that photos or videos fall into the hands of others other than those you know and trust.
-It is also necessary to pay attention to location notifications to ensure your child's safety. Not tagging the environments he goes to, such as home, school, course, helps keep address information private.
-Finally, I would like to reiterate the respect for privacy. To stop and think again about every post you post in your inspibles; From the age of 4, it is necessary to do this by showing it to him before sharing, with his approval. Even a sentence like, "Look, I think this photo is beautiful, let's share it with our family if you want."
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