Teach kids to use social networks
Imagine meeting a happy family with a baby in a stroller that taps something into the keyboard on their feet. Do you find it impossible? It’s a little fetched, but not quite.
Children can have their Facebook page up to thirteen years old. In fact, it’s just a formality. They’re much younger there. Just tick “correct” year of birth. If it goes on like this, the baby will be playing and writing on the net soon. Does it matter?
Similarly, last year for the children, a Togetherville social network was created, which only parents can set up for the names and passwords they have on Facebook. Although the child has its own approach, the parent watches what his offspring does on the network, with whom and what he writes and what games he plays.
Facebook is not a real friend
A few days before Christmas, the parents of Croatian schoolchildren discovered the lively communication of their children, who were trying to figure out how to murder a strict math teacher via Facebook. The site was founded by pupils of the fifth and sixth classes of the town of Bjelovar, to which other sympathizers from all over the country were joining with enthusiasm, until they were two hundred.
Sure, we can now start bringing moral judgments about the numbness of the children, but hand over the heart, who of us something similar to one of the schoolteachers in childhood? Perhaps, like Croatian schoolchildren, you may have had the same discussion, just by other means – verbally, or with the help of messages on folded papers tossed from a bench into a bench.
A non-binding chat on Facebook and ICQ brought a 13-year-old girl from Bratislava to prostitution. Within a few weeks at the end of last year she earned about nine thousand crowns.
“A 24-year-old man who is now being prosecuted for threatening the moral education of young people, sexual abuse and pimping, first approached the girl on Facebook, then communicated with her at ICQ and eventually invited her to the restaurant,” said Bratislava Crimeist Jan Pospisil.
“Several times he invited her to a restaurant and then he invited the girl to her home, where he also had a small private home, where other girls worked,” the policeman continued, noting that the 13-year-old girl was sexually acquainted.
“They had oral and anal intercourse together, offering money to the girl. Once she even ‘jumped’ for one of the prostitutes who worked at the private house. That was when the prostitute refused to do some work with the client,” said Jan Pospisil. threatens five years in prison.
How to increase the safety of a child on the net?
The child must know that, just as in the real world, we do not say everything about ourselves.
Discussions may slide down to inadmissible cyberbullying. Tell the child that the net movement is not anonymous, it can be easily traced.
When a child is already on Facebook, even though he is not thirteen years old, start it together. Otherwise, he’ll do it secretly without your knowledge. There are 400 million people on Facebook.
Children compete in the number of “friends”. Remind them that in this box they should only have really friends and adults they know.
Photos that make a child funny can tempt pedophiles. However, there is no such thing in childhood naivety. The fewer photos on the network, the better.
Facebook saves time as well as money.
Today’s kids don’t write on paper anymore, SMS is expensive, plus it’s outdated, just like emails. They have Facebook. A phenomenon that, when properly grasped, serves a good cause.
“The son has a Facebook profile because there is a whole class, including a teacher who writes a homework list to them and just a subject matter from all the subjects. When the children are sick, we no longer have to go to school, talk to them or make friends. we read everything, “sees one of the advantages of the social network of Jannes 13-year-old mother from Kalmar.
Facebook saves time as well as money. When a bunch of friends wants to convene, they write for free. “I myself and my son talk to myself over the network during the day. I paid him an internet connection to his mobile phone, so if I need to find out if he arrived at the ring, home or friends, we’ll write it.
Small lie may be
According to the Facebook rules, a child may be on the network for up to thirteen years. However, it is clear from the profile photos that they are much younger. Bypassing the rules is easier than buying a bottle of vodka at sixteen. Just sit down to your computer, enter a fictitious birth date, and you’re done.
Although parents of younger children may ask to delete a profile, nothing is resolved. The offspring can then base another under another identity. So it is better to agree on the place of parents – yes, let me create an account, but because we are breaking the rules and I am responsible for you, I want to know what you’re doing on Facebook.
A little lie this time doesn’t have to be a trouble. Rather the opposite. The fact is that the smaller a child, the more confidence in the parents, who can teach them how to move safely on the network. A ten-year-old child does not yet take the position “I have been everywhere, I know everything, and you will not instruct me about anything, especially when it comes to computers”.
I’m your friend
“When a nine-year-old daughter told me she wanted to be on Facebook, I wanted to ban it first, but then I realized she would do it anyway, just behind my back with the help of my friends and without any control,” she remembers last year’s anabasis. Simone Ericsson, who knows her daughter’s login password.
“We agreed to sit down on the computer from time to time, and I explain to her what and why she can be dangerous to her,” she says.
Other parents solve the problem by creating a false profile. The offspring will take them to the list of their “friends”, without the others knowing that they are actually some kind of surveillance.
The third option to have a child’s profile is to become a “friend” with true identity. However, this version has disadvantages, as it can also follow the parental communication between adults. So even when you are scaringly discussing how the husband and father were able to get up after a stormy celebration the next long evening, while the official version in the family sounded – Daddy ate something bad.