Parents losing race to monitor kids’ social media activity: report

I am the parent of 3 kids. The oldest is 10 years old, so we’re just on the verge of starting the teenage years. However, my wife and I both serve with the youth in our ward, and we are well-aware of the dangers online.

Yesterday there was an Associated Press article on the Globe and Mail web site that talked about how hard it is for parents to keep up with all of the various social media sites that their kids can access. One parent said that it used to be that you had the “sex ed” talk with your kids. Now you have to have the “online ed” talk.

I’m still struck by how poor the decision making is sometimes. It’s not like this is new technology. We’ve had several years now of stories of people who have posted, tweeted, or sent information online and it ends up haunting a person. People are fired from jobs, kids are suspended from school, politicians resign in disgrace. How many more examples do we need before people in general, and youth specifically, wise up and start being responsible online?

One response to “Parents losing race to monitor kids’ social media activity: report

  1. What your say is true – but as a technologist that follows the security notices for various social media it is *amazing* how many adults don’t realize that when they click they are both running an unknown bit of code and giving it permission to do anything they can do on their computer, how many adults don’t recognize that what they type into Facebook is shouted into a public forum, how many adults don’t recognize that what they type into any forum is likely to leave a permanent record.

    How are these same folks going to teach their children that their online behavior is a permanent, public, and personal reflection of themselves.

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