If a zookeeper opens a gorilla cage, and it runs rampant throughout said zoo, is it the gorilla, a wild animal's, fault? Yes, but it is heavily the zookeeper's. Why? Zookeeper's responsibility is to make sure the animal is well taken care of. And make sure the gorilla is calm.
Parents should be held accountable for the online activity of their children. Parents should be policing the child's use of the internet and instruct them of the proper ways to display themselves. Children need to know how the internet works, and how they are being tracked and basically recorded. The parent should be held accountable for the child being an online bully. Parents are held responsible if a child acts up in public, stealing from a store or lying to their teachers. The parent is brought in to handle the situation, same thing should apply at home. The child can access the public arena from their household, so same rules should apply for the way they act in the forum. A child who posts something negative and not true about a store will harm the store, the employees, the customers and future sales.
At present times, it is very difficult to control what your children does in the net especially because technology has become easily accessible. In spite of it parents can at least control their young kids by not letting them use social media such as Facebook, Instagram etc at an early age. To a certain age parental control can be given but as they grow up it is the child's responsibility to take charge of their behavior done online.
To a certain degree I do believe that parents should be held responsible. It also would depend on how old the child is. In addition I think that that parents should take some kind of responsibility and check once in awhile. Of course, depending on the child and the age.
In this day an age, I strongly believe that children should definitely be monitored by their parents when being subjected to social media content. Anything can be viewed via the Internet and I believe it's the parent's responsibility to monitor what their child is doing. If a child is posting inappropriate things via social media, the parents should be held accountable.
If you are letting your child have a social media account it should be monitored closely by the parents. Parents may not be able to be everywhere when it comes to how the child behaves outside but it is easy to monitor social media accounts. No different than if your child has friends over. The parent is responsible for what happens between the children.
I say this because there are parents out there that don't even know if the child has a social media. Another supporting reason is that if your child is 16+ they should now right from wrong and they know what they did so they should be the ones to take the blame.
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There is no way to monitor what you children are doing at all times. Also, kids will almost always find a way to get around you if you try to. No one should be "held accountable" for anything anyone else does and parents are no exception. However parents should teach their children what is and isn't appropriate to do and say on social media.
What children say and do on Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram are their own choices. Parents can't always be held accountable for every single thing they kids do, at some points kids have to take responsibility for their own actions.
I mean, what is a parent supposed to do, stand over their shoulder every time they turn on their computer?
If a kid does something bad its the kids fault. Sure the parent is the one who's advising them not to do bad stuff but it's the kids that actually do it themselves. If the parent doesn't know about it then the parent isn't to blame, the kid is. I think that the social media should contact the parents though.
If a child is looking at illegal pornography or snuff films, the parent is not to blame. Just because a minor is a minor, and is not a legal adult, it does not mean that they should not be held accountable for their actions. Parents can't see everything no matter what programs they have on the device. If the parent was letting or forcing the child to do such things online, then we are talking about a different subject and the parents are easily to blame.
The analogy that you present falls apart when we consider that even a Child has a higher level of cognition than any animal does, including gorillas. Children that are old enough to participate in social media outlets should also be old enough to have developed an at least crude understanding of moral judgement; as such, they will behave independently of their parents. In your analogy, the zookeeper is wholly responsible because he/she is the only one standing between the dangerous animal and the innocent patrons, the gorilla would only be acting as any gorilla would. In the real world, children partaking in social media (typically ages 10-17) will act of their own accord, but pose no inherent threat like a wild animal would. Though a child's behavior is at least partially reflective of the household in which he/she was raised, the parents cannot be held wholly responsible.