A 13 years old boy’s parents start checking their kid’s facebook page without letting him know. One day he found out that his parents are checking his conversation on facebook with his girlfriend and soon they broke up. After that their relationship between him and his parents gotten worse. This shows that parents today don't let their kids use their social media on their own and are stealing their kid's privacy. Parents should not censor their children’s social media pages because teens might post something that they don't want their parents to see and they are old enough to control their self. Critics may claim that nobody in middle school should be using any parts of social media site; however, this is not a valid argument because teens claim that they should have more freedom.
Parents should not go on to their children’s social media site and look at their private posts that kids might not want to be seen by their parents. One reason why parents should not check their children’s social media is because children should have their own privacy. If their parents are spying on their kids, then they should at least reveal that to the kids, so they won’t feel uncomfortable. According to Russell Taylor, a teen from Virginia, “My mom tried to friend me, but I denied her request. I don’t want my mom commenting on my pictures. That would be weird.” Basically, this teen doesn’t want his parents to see what he posted on his social media, so he denied his mom’s friend request. As a result, the parent shouldn’t do something that their kids doesn’t want them to do because it might be containing some private post, that they don’t want their parents to see and it feels very uncomfortable if they do that. Therefore, parents shouldn’t check their kid's social media without their permission because the teens have their own privacy and they are old enough to control what they are doing.
From my perspective, parents should not check their children’s social media, but instead they should trust their children a bit more because they are old enough to control their self. According to an organization called TRUSTe, “Parents should not censor their children online. Instead, they should “trust and verify”, TRUSTe suggests that parents assume they can trust their kids, but check to see if that assumption is correct.” In this evidence, the organization TRUSTe is telling the parents to not block their children in social media and trust their kids, but if the kids aren’t using it properly they should think about it. As a result, parent’s should see if their children are using the social media properly. For example, if a student is cyberbullying other friends and your friend tells his or her parents about it, then the parents should think about censoring their children’s social media account because children's has their own rights to do whatever they want. Therefore, parents should not censor their children’s social media because their children has their own rights to access to their social media, so they should let them do whatever they want unless they aren’t using their social media efficiently.
On the other hand, some parents block children from social media sites because they think that their children's aren’t mature enough. According to Anthony Orsini, a middle school principal in New Jersey, commented that “There is absolute, positively no reason for ant middle school student to be part of a social networking site! None,” This example is used to illustrate that students shouldn’t be using social networking site because it can destroy somebody else's relationship. For example, people can’t tell somebody else’s feeling when they are chatting with someone inside the social media, so they could hurt someone's feeling although it was not meant to be. Although this argument seems convincing at first, but this is totally wrong because if people uses social media, they can also contact with someone that who can’t usually talk with them, such as friends who live in different countries. According to the school called Griffith university and the University of Queensland in Australia, they found that although American teens have fewer friends than their historical counterparts, they are less lonely than teens in past decades. The evidence suggests that they have fewer friends than the teens in the past, but most of the teens suggest that they feel less lonely than teens from the past. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that it will break someone else’s friendship, but not let teens use social media will give a negative effect on the students.
In conclusion, parents should allow their kids to use social media because they should have their own privacy and they are old enough to control their self. Before parents censor their children’s social media site, they should check if their kids are using their social media. Most of the teens answered that they feel less lonely than the teens from decades. Parents should not be censoring their children’s social media site without having a conversation with their kids because they have their own rights to do what they want to because teens are old enough and shouldn’t be getting controlled by their parents.