A 13-year-old girl was texting with her friends in Instagram at 1 am and suddenly the messages were full of inappropriate words. A dismal atmosphere surrounded her. The next morning, she disappeared in the world. Many parents are concerned about their child’s use of social media but not all parents treat their child the same as others. One-half of the parents don’t even care about their child’s social media. Other parents secretly enter the social media and spy on their children. Parents should let teens use social media if parents use filtering software to clear out unrelated posts in social media and shall give them trust. Critics may claim that teens should be banned from the social media; however, this is not a valid argument because social media benefits homework and helps with the global issues by their posts.
Parents should use filtering software to clear out the inappropriate content on social media because it may lead kids to ruin their lives and get hacked.
The parents should care about them and watch over the kids. According to Lucy Tang-Lessing, “Many more use software that prohibits their kids from going to a certain internet site.” This quote means that some useful software can causes teens to get hacked. Additionally, unsuitable posters keep on popping up in the social media and some other sites that distract their attention such as studying. Therefore, to protect their profiles and from getting hacked by someone, we should use some special system or filter that can clear out all the unrelated sites.
However, parents should not spy on their kids, instead they should trust them. According to the Den, the father of three teenagers, “Even if I knew how to check your Facebook posts, tweets and texts, I wouldn’t do it. Also, I wouldn’t snoop around your room when you’re not home. I trust you, and respect your privacy, The only thing is...trust is a two-way street, if at some point you started lying to us..then we would lose that trust.” To paraphrase, the parents should rely on their child but if they begin to lie and not following the rules, then they lose their trust and have to spy on their kids, even though they don’t want to. As a result, if teens don’t want their parents to spy on them, they should be honest to their parents, so they can earn their parents trust. Thus, their parents should have conversations about social media often with their teens but they should make sure that their teens feel comfortable and open. Then, the result will be like the teens telling the truth or about problems in the social media. Furthermore, parents should check their private information only, if teens don’t give their parents a trust or reliable information. Also, parents should firstly trust at their teens so that they can also believe their parents.
On the other hand, some schools don’t allow the teens to use the social media because they think it ruins their lives. Based on Anthony Orsini, a middle school principal in New Jersey, “There is absolute, positively no reason for any middle school students to be part of a social networking site! None.” This example is used to illustrate that the principle thinks social media distracts from studying and destroys teens privacy. Although this argument plausible at first, it fails to acknowledge that social media can actually benefit teens when they are doing their homework. To illustrate, Teens and Social Media claimed that “Honest, open communication is the key to setting social-media boundaries” and “Teens use social media to… do homework, and promote causes they believe in.” This shows that the social media is not always bad for teens and it is misleading because forcing students to ban the social media could actually hinder students from homework. Also, their use of social media is positive. For example, many teens are posting about world issues and significant news articles that can appeal to many other people who are using social media. Therefore, students should not be banned from using social media because it helps students to stay connected with the homework and global issues.
To conclude, parents should allow teens to use social media after they filter out distracting posts and also trust them. Some people claimed that they should ban the social media, but social media can be necessary. Parents have to trust their children but if they don’t earn the trust, then unfortunately, parents should begin to spy on them. It’s more significant for parents to keep their kids secure from online than to give them total freedom. To wrap up, in my perspective it is essential for parents to care about their own children’s life online.