A 12 year old boy wants to have a short break after doing some of his homework, so he decides to go online. While searching fun games on google, he finally finds the one that seems to be most enjoyable and clicks on the website to play the game. However, the one that popped out on the screen is not the game, but a word ‘error’. Just like this situation, some parents block websites with special filters for their children. Parents are concerned about teenagers, their children’s use of internet and websites, that they might go on to websites that are inappropriate, or very dangerous websites that harm their children. Parents should protect their children 50% with their use of social media by talking with them and use a filter to block inappropriate sites for teenagers because teenagers can hide their situation in danger from parents and they can see inappropriate websites. Critics may claim that parents should trust their children; however, this is not a valid argument because parents can’t be sure whether their children are in any dangerous situation and have no idea if teenagers are using the internet, and social media in the right way.
Parents should take care of their child’s social media accounts because children need at least a little bit of protection from their parents. Parents should be somewhat aware of child’s social media use, such as making sure that they understand the danger of social media. “My mom tried to ‘friend’ me, but I denied her request,” said Russel Taylor, a teen from Virginia. As you can see in this quote, a lot of children are trying to hide what they do with social media. That could mean that even if they do extremely dangerous things with social media, parents wouldn’t be able to know anything about it. Teens are trying to hide more and more things from parents, and they wouldn’t want to reveal any of them. There are no ways that parents can check their children’s social media. As a result, since parents aren’t able to check what children are doing or if they are in danger, children can get into a dangerous situation, such as getting hacked without parents knowing, and that can happen anytime. Therefore, all parents should talk to and teach their children, before a situation occurs. They should also continuously be aware of their children using social media.
The second reason is that parents should block and filter inappropriate sites for their children because they can see inappropriate media. Teenagers would want the freedom to go to websites and look at whatever they want. Therefore, if parents don’t care about their children, they might go over the boundary. “It’s parent’s job to watch over [their children] and be there to correct potential bad decisions that are all too common in a teenager’s life,” quoted the site that is selling software that filters and monitors Internet use. As a result, if parents don’t care about what their children look at, teenagers might accidentally visit some sites that hack private information of users, and get hacked and even be robbed. In conclusion, what parents should do for their children’s safety and clean private life is to take care of children’s use of internet sites.
On the other hand, there are also parents of teenagers who claim that their children should be free using the internet however they want, without parent’s guard. For example, the privacy organization TRUSTe states that parents should not censor their children online, and instead they should trust but verify. Critics suggest that parents can trust their child instead of being too strict, and it is much better for both children and parents to have freedom. There is some truth to the argument that teens need freedom, however, it doesn’t consider if teens still can be safe and secure, and helps teenagers not to get into a dangerous situation. Basically, Anthony Orsini, a middle school principal in New Jersey is saying that social networking has negative consequences for teens. This shows that it’s not too good for teenagers to visit any inappropriate sites, including social media sites, which aren’t created for teenagers but just for adults. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that it is dangerous for teenagers to use social media and internet sites freely, without parents’ guard.
In conclusion, parents should protect teenager’s safety by talking to them and teaching them about how to use social media appropriately and filter inappropriate sites. Teenagers can get into a lot of dangerous situations without parents’ help with their understanding of the danger of social media and inappropriate websites. They might friend strangers in social media and meet with dangerous people such as kidnappers, and they might see inappropriate media or even get hacked and get robbed by accessing inappropriate websites. Therefore, parents should take care of their children’s social media use no matter what, to keep them safe every time.