The Dangers Of Cyberbullying And Social Media

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The chances of seeing a child under the age of 13 with a smartphone are becoming higher everyday, children as young as 8 even have smartphones! The dangers of the internet are very apparent and children are easily succumbing to these risks. Social media is around for communication amongst those who know how to do it correctly. Today, more than half of children under the age of 13 use social media apps. While parents are allowing their children to use social media without supervision, they should not be permitted to. In modern day, cyber bullying is hard to control even when the parent monitors their child’s behavior online. More recently it is apparent that cyberbullying is becoming more relevant in social media. Suicide is a result of it, …show more content…
Lucy Battersby did an article on what age children should start to use social media, and At 10 years old, Teyalee opened a social media account because she "wanted to keep in contact with [her] friends in Darwin and school," she explains. Many children obtain social media to view what their friends are doing but do not expect consequences; children are not thinking before they act! Cyberbullying can occur anytime of the day, no matter what the child was aiming to do online. The opposing parent could say that their child could use social media as long as they have supervision and are reporting any negative behavior. Regardless of what the parent allows their child to do, children under the age of 13 are not mentally compatible to use apps and websites made for teenagers and …show more content…
Everything online has a consequence, like revealing personal information like school location or job history. Also, posting adult or disturbing photos or messages can result in punishment. (FBI) Some parents would argue that children are harmless and just want to be online like the rest of their friends; some children can be more easily influenced than others. It is shocking that The associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) produced a survey that revealed about 73% of 8 through 13 year olds in cities in regional India use social media apps and sites, such as Facebook. Practically 80% of the children receive help when creating their profile from a parent, the survey also showed. (TNN) The relationship between a parent and their child determines how the child acts online and off. "Children are gaining access to social networking sites at a very young age. Chances are that it could expose them to content, people or situations that are beyond their understanding." says the secretary-general of ASSOCHAM, (TNN) Unfortunately, some parents do not care about the consequences as long as their children are busy and not bothering them. Some children have nothing better to do than use social media. The age that a child uses social media is most likely up to their parents and it is their responsibility to make sure their child knows what to say and do and what to look out for online, states the Children 's eSafety

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