Tip for the Children to Safe Use of Social Networking

Posted on February 8, 2012

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According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, more than 60 percent of adolescents in the United States have at least one profile on social networking sites. Most of them spent more than two hours a day to interact on social networking sites.

This phenomenon does not seem much different from what happens in the state I’m Indonesia. The use of social networking sites like Facebook have become very common among teenagers. In fact, I am currently in the country Indonesia is one of the countries with the largest number of Facebook users in the world after the United States and India.

Many benefits can we derive from these networking sites, which are in keeping in touch with friends, get new contacts with peers who have similar interests and share the expression of such self-development through music and other artistic works.

However, scholars say, the use of social networking sites are also potentially negative effects, especially for teenagers. Risks that might occur include cyberbullying, sharing too much personal information, share photos or video specific, exposure to a number of products that may not correspond with the age, identity theft, and reduced physical activity.

Scholars argue, the role of parents to assist and supervise their children in the use of social networking sites is very important. In his research, the academics also advised parents to guide children to use social networking sites wisely and safely, through a pattern of open communication to the child.

There are several forms of control that can parents do to their children, by following a few instructions in the following:

1. Restrict access to cruising the internet. The goal, to keep the child so as not to open these sites are pornographic.

2. Keep the information that is very private. Tell the child to maintain the confidentiality of your full name, address (residential) and           phone number.

3. Tide information, photos or videos that make people feel comfortable when I saw him. Avoid to put a picture or video that may be abused people who are not responsible.

4. Beware of strangers. Speaking to the child to be careful if there is an unknown person requesting a meeting face to face and told them  of the risks of the meeting.

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Posted in: Psychology