What Parents Need to Know About Social Networking?

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In just a short span of time the internet has been the staple for all the needs that people have in their daily lives. In recent years the library has been losing to Google and Yahoo search as the primary source of all kinds of questions that people have about school, how to cook, how to make bombs and what sex is. Sad to say that with influx of technology the old ways of learning has dwindled in terms of accessibility and necessity.

One of the other major changes in the recent years is how kids of this generation socialize and make friends. Before the internet people would have to spend time knowing the person, hanging out with them and accepting people as friends, nowadays social networking websites like MySpace and Facebook have literally made the world smaller for kids.

It was just a dream of country leaders before to have a global village that would gather together people from all walks of life without boundaries and without limitations. That dream became a reality because of the internet. Nowadays a person in China can easily make friends with a person from Oklahoma just by clicking ‘add to friends’. That easy and both of them has access to the kinds of hobbies that you have, the books that you read, movies that made them cry, relationships that they’ve had and stores they shop in, it’s a bit scary in a way but why are people so into the social networking craze?

The generations of kids that we have are officially born in the Information Age where almost everything is just a URL away; making friends, discussions, relationships and other kinds of socialization are readily available. But when you think about the kind of information that is available to them it’s frightening to think of what kind of effect tolls these kids.

The need to protect

Parents should be vigilant enough to know how to protect our children from the monsters that hide under their cyberspace beds. There are real threats and dangers that lurk in the pages of the social networking websites and it poses real harm to children if parents are not wise enough to know what they are.

What are these dangers? When we talk about social networking websites, we’re looking at a jungle of people trying to take advantage of children in different kinds of ways. Here are the most common of them.

– Sex offenders. The most common of the predators lurking in social networking websites, these people prey on kids that fall under the pretense that these people just want to be friends. These people fool children in to meeting them in a certain place and when they meet they say that they were sent by the ‘friend’ to pick them up. Cases like these are common not only in the US but in other countries as well.

– Information hustlers. These are people who take advantage of the fact that your kids can give them information like credit card, social security, addresses and other information that they can sell of to other people.

– Sharks and thieves. These kinds of criminals—through social networking—take advantage of the fact that they can easily get an idea of how your house’s layout just by asking for photos from your children that were taken inside the house.

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