A 21-year-old college student just attended his university in the states. He had some spare money to buy himself a phone to help himself with homework. Suddenly, he got a text from a stranger online after he got his first phone. He didn’t know what to do, but to meet up with him because he has no friends. After he met up with the stranger, he was kidnapped and nowhere to be found. Many kids today are being kept away from using the internet. Their parents are simply not allowing them to use the internet because they are scared that their kids are going to develop a bad mindset, scammed, and a lot more. However, little do they know that social media is helping kids to experience risk and be aware of dangerous people in the future. Parents should allow kids to use the internet because kids need freedom and they are growing up to become adults. Critics may claim that kids might accept strangers online, which is very dangerous; however, this is not a valid argument because kids need to be able to learn and experience these things as they are growing.
Parents should not check their teen’s accounts on social media because teens need freedom. Teens need freedom because they want to use online resources for entertainment and they need privacy. For instance, when they chat with their friends, teens don’t want to show their messages with their parents. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 72% of kid’s accounts are being monitored by their parents. 50% monitor weekly and slightly over a third monitor daily. This means that most parents are making sure that kids are using appropriate time on the internet. Also, parents are checking their kids weekly. As a result, kids are not being trusted because parents are afraid of their child’s risk of developing a negative mindset from their friends. The reason why kids need their privacy is because kids want their messages to be hidden from their parent’s sight. Why? As kids are slowly becoming teens, they have an adult relationship, which means they are exploring and acting like an adult. Therefore, parents should not check their teen’s accounts because teens need freedom.
In my opinion, parents should trust their child because kids are slowly, but surely, becoming adults. Kids need to be able to learn and have a new experience. According to TRUSTe, a private organisation, “Parents should not censor their children online. Instead, they should trust but verify. Parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers.” With that being said, this means that parents should allow kids to use the internet, but they are not allowed to accept strangers online. As a result, parents should be verified by checking their friend list, but they also have to trust their child. As kids are growing, they need to be able to practice not to accept requests from strangers. For these reasons, parents should trust their child because kids need to learn new things in life.
On the other hand, people believe that parents should not trust their child because they are scared that their kids might accept strangers online. According to TRUSTe, a private organisation, “42 percentage accept social network “friend” requests from strangers.” Given the evidence, some conclude that parents should not trust their child because kids are accepting strangers online, which could end up in being tricked or kidnapped. However, this argument fails to consider that parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers. Both parents and teens should have the responsibility of respecting and trusting. Basically, TRUSTe is saying that “Parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers. TRUSTe also believes that both parents and teens have responsibilities regarding social media, including the responsibility to respect each other.” The evidence indicates that teens should be able to use social media. But why? First, they need to talk to their parents to make sure that they understand their point. After that, teens need to be able to experience the outside world, rather than being kept, experiencing nothing. Teens need to learn how to use social media responsibly with help with their parents. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that teens use of social media is more important and educational for their future.