Sonika Sharma, a technology news writer for EasyTechy, explores the social media and teens relationship. She exhibits that the dark online life can be kept at bay to let these growing buds (teens) enjoy pleasures of digital technology, instead of being shackled by tough parenting.
A recent study by the Pew Internet Research Center has revealed that 54% of Internet users post their original photos and videos on social media websites, whereas 47% teens share stuff they find elsewhere. Apparently, today’s digital age teenagers are the most electronically connected people of all time, and they seem extremely interested in exploring news ways to socialise through social media. Here are the questions rising: Are these teens actually making use of technology innovations, or simply exploiting it to meet their growing tech desires? How technology shackles grab necks of teenagers?
Most of the parents blame the digital technology for restraining face-to-face connection amidst their children. This is absolutely right! Web communication apps, including Facebook, WeChat, Instagram, Flickr, Skype, WhatsApp, etc., have made teenagers too busy to keep off their eyes from mobiles, tablets and laptops even for a moment. Isn’t this annoying when a fourteen year girl walks out of the room without giving attention to your presence? Yes, it is! And, the growing Internet use & digital technology is to be blamed for this. No qualm, online social media communities have spanned the globe.
Besides reducing head-on communication, technology research and news sites, like Pew and Forbes, have raised behavioral concerns about aggression and pornography addiction in teenagers. Violent online videogames and infatuation developed while interacting with new people thru social media communities are the possible driving force. Hence, parents are worried not only about the privacy of their kid’s social media accounts but also with his/her development. So, what could be the possible ways to cope with the situation? A one-word answer is ‘MODERATION’! Thankfully, the new crop knows well to exploit the built-in security features of these social media. They can customise their accounts to allow/restrict others to see their personal information including images and posts. They know to protect their profile against inappropriate pictures, posts, or messages that are can damage their online reputation. Broadly speaking, children are capable and wise enough to deliberate contradictions and richness of their own life experiences, and parents should shun the cynical attitude. In this way, parents will be able to avoid ‘dark online life’ for their children!
Does it mean parenting days are over? No. In fact, age-appropriate just parenting is required. What is apt for a middle school kid will not necessarily safeguard the interest of a high school one. Remind them ‘Precaution is better than cure’, so that they don’t have to regret for any past decision.