Posted November 17, 2018 01:09:13 When will we see our kids using social media?
The internet is a platform, not a family member.
So the idea that kids need to be online at all is not the same as that parents need to spend time with them.
When you spend a lot of time with your kids online, you start feeling like you’re online all the time, says Dr. Jennifer Rehkamp, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The internet is just a tool,” she said.
It’s not a time-consuming outlet.
And parents should consider whether their children are really ready for social media, she says.
What is social media anyway?
Social media is a technology that enables users to communicate with each other and with the world.
It has become a common way to communicate and build friendships, but some parents worry about the privacy of their childrens online interactions.
While Facebook and other social media networks allow for free access to messages and messages from other people, those messages have no bearing on the content of the posts, and often contain only personal information.
The sites offer little transparency about who is sending messages and who is receiving them.
And many parents say they worry that their children’s posts will be seen by other users, not by them.
Social media, like any other technology, is vulnerable to hacking.
In the past year, a cyberattack on Facebook revealed that it had been infiltrated by an international group called the GRU, or the Russian Military Intelligence, which is part of Russia’s military intelligence agency.
That group also reportedly tried to steal sensitive information about the U.S. military, according to documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
That breach was not linked to a specific breach of the U:S.
government’s system, but it raised alarms about the risks of a similar incident on social media.
Some parents worry that they might lose their children to an online threat.
In December, a U.K. school teacher was arrested on suspicion of cyberbullying after he allegedly posted messages on a Facebook group for students.
The teacher, who was not identified, had written to his followers that the British government had decided to “let them go.”
The school had told the teacher that he had been warned about the school’s policy, which allows teachers to post messages and other information to the group.
“There’s a certain level of risk that you can have,” says Dr Rehamp, the Boston pediatrician.
“You have to be very cautious about that.”
The risk of being bullied online is a concern for many parents, and they want to make sure their children get the information they need before they start to feel comfortable sharing information.
Parents can be quick to tell when their children have been online and that they have a history of using social networking sites, says Jennifer Rehmacher, a family physician at Boston.
“That’s the kind of thing parents need a little more time to get used to,” she says, adding that parents can take action to keep their children safe online.
What’s the right way to deal with the risks?
Dr Rehmaser says parents should work to educate their children about what they are putting them at risk of, such as the risks they are taking by posting sensitive information online.
For example, parents should keep in mind that many people are worried about a child’s ability to safely share sensitive information, and parents should be mindful that they don’t know what they’re talking about, she said, noting that the internet can sometimes make it easier to share sensitive details.
Parents should also consider the kinds of information they’re sharing online and what kind of person they are sharing it with, Dr Rehmaacher says.
For one thing, parents might want to ask questions about the person or person in the comments, she advises.
“It might be interesting to know whether they’re a bully or not, or who they’re being communicated to,” says Rehmach.
“How would you feel if someone said that you’re a terrible parent for not giving them a little break or time away from their phone?”
Dr Rehnab says that parents should also take time to consider the consequences of their actions, such the social consequences they might face.
“What are your kids going to be able to share?
Are they going to share something that is damaging to their family or someone they care about?” she says for example, if your child is on a class trip to Disney World, they might be able share information about how to use their cellphones safely, but you might have a more serious concern that your child might be in danger if they take a selfie.
Dr Rehaumacher recommends asking your child about how much they want privacy and how they feel they can trust their parents.
“Are they comfortable sharing something about their own life with the rest of the world?
Is it something that they would want to share to anyone