Parents need to be up-to-date on social media - Nation

November 24, 2013 5:21 AM

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JUST when parents are getting secure about their children’s safety on social media, Facebook ups the game.

This time, the giant social network is allowing their 13-to-17-year-old members to share their information – status updates, photos, videos and others – with anybody they want. Previously, they could only connect with their “friends”.

Facebook argued teens are experts at controlling who they share things with. Parents, surprise, surprise, are not deigned to believe it. To appease them, Facebook retracted their decision and agreed to leave the default for teen users to just “friends” and issue them a warning when they choose to change their privacy setting to “public”.

Most Malaysian parents remain concerned, especially with the reported murder of 15-year-old Ng Yuk Tim by her FB cosplayer “friend”.

But instead of restricting teens’ connectivity online, parents can help them stay safe, say FB friends of The Star’s stuff@school pullout.

I JUST keep everything shared between friends only. Is it enough? Hopefully. For younger teens out there, their parents should try their best to make sure their information is secure. But the thing is, even those who you care about and know you may have malicious intent towards you. It is a dangerous place out there, so you just have to do your best to protect yourself, have faith, and live. Celine Wu, 18 (pic)

PARENTS should keep themselves well-informed about social networking so that they can advise their children properly on what they can post, comment or do online. It can be quite dangerous to post every single thing that we do or share personal family matters online. Meeting online friends is also quite risky as there’s no way to tell if they’re real or not.

SOME teenagers should not be completely blamed for their ignorance of the dangers of social networks.

As a teenager, you want to try everything new; under peer pressure, many have the need to share whatever happens in your life and act a little bit careless. That is why parents must keep an eye on their children’s postings; who they interact with, how much information they’re sharing etc.

PARENTS play an important role in guiding their children, especially those in their “turbulent” teenage years. But in order to do so, they need to be aware of current technology, the latest global trends and how they affect their children.

But there is a thin line between guiding your child and being an overbearing parent, especially in the social media setting where privacy seems to be a necessity rather than a privilege.

TEENAGERS are not mature and tend to neglect online privacy, so parents must ensure their children do not fall into the trap of cyber criminals and identity theft!

The risk of sharing personal information online with other people is high as they may take advantage of teenagers who are immature.

Cyberbullying and defamation will arise if parents do not play an active role in controlling their children’s attitude online.

There is no doubt that teenagers are addicted to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter but they must guard their privacy as the unwanted dangers of social media sites are too high of a risk, it’s better to be safe than sorry. — Tan Kar Can, 20 (pic)

I, FOR one, don’t like the new ‘graphic’ app or whatever it’s called – it enables just about anyone in the world to view your profile, so much so it makes stalking easier. Parents, I feel, do have the biggest responsibility for ensuring their child’s safety no matter what.


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