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That we should require all social networks to offer parents full access to children's accounts.

Asked by: chatzio
  • Yes, however it depends.

    It really all depends the age of these children and how much trust they have of the parent. I believe it is necessary for the parents to know what their child is doing on social media. You don't want your child to be on any inappropriate websites or saying inappropriate things to others online. Once they get to a certain age (14 or even 15 would seem reasonable to me) then they don't need their parents to be looking at what they do 24/7 or monitoring their social media profiles. Anywhere under 14, in my opinion, should require the parents to look at what their child is doing.

  • Parents should be in charge of their kids.

    Parent need to be allowed to make any restrictions they feel is needed, and some restrictions should be automatic. Some things like adult themed sites should be kept away from all children under a certain age. Kids, especially teens, try to grow up too quickly. Many things they THINK make them more mature are actually things they are not ready for until they ARE more mature. When a mature person uses a social network device, they know the possible ramifications involved. I might compare this to the issue of sex. Teens may feel that if they do it, it would make them more mature, but the maturity in sex is to understand the problems and responsibilities involved. The act does not make you mature but teens fail to realize that doing some things at such a young age could have harsh consequences. The same is true with social media devices.
    As a note: Seeing that parents would not restrict things that are good for the child but only things that could cause harm to them.
    If kids feel they need to be more social, there are other ways to do so. It is called actually talking to the person face to face. I know, a bit old fashioned but it still works, trust me.

  • Parents who are willing to monitor their children’s digital communications also benefit themselves

    To begin my argument, parents who are willing to monitor their children’s digital communications also benefit themselves. By setting up the necessary software and apps to secure their children’s online growth, parents familiarize themselves with basic digital skills and keep up with the latest in social media. As it stands there is a need to raise digital awareness among most parents. Sonia Livingston and Magdalena Bober in their extensive survey of the cyber experience of UK children and their parents report that “among parents only 1 in 3 know how to set up an email account, and only a fifth or fewer are able to set up a filter, remove a virus, download music or fix a problem.” Parents becoming more digitally involved as a result of their children provides the added benefit of increasing the number of mature citizens so encouraging norms of good behaviour online.

  • Learning process is a must!

    Look everything that happens in a student 's life is a learning process andThat's the reason they are called as children not adults! If parents want their children not to spoil their lives then they gotta teach them by allowing them to learn by their mistakes but not eventually ruling over them! If they wanna take full access and control over their children, they gotta leave them free to use their opportunities in a good way . Completely taking over the accounts may not help the kid....It may make things more worse !

  • No way :D

    Social networking provides parents with an opportunity to give children responsibility - yes there are cases of children being bullied, stalked etc. but these are not common place (governments around the world are aware of the problems posed by social networking and have launched programs to educate children on the dangers of social networking). In addition, many children use sites such as facebook and instagram as a social tool to interact with others, and this would be severely compromised by parents being able to control their offspring's accounts.

  • Parents who are willing to monitor their children’s digital communications also benefit themselves

    To begin my argument, parents who are willing to monitor their children’s digital communications also benefit themselves. By setting up the necessary software and apps to secure their children’s online growth, parents familiarize themselves with basic digital skills and keep up with the latest in social media. As it stands there is a need to raise digital awareness among most parents. Sonia Livingston and Magdalena Bober in their extensive survey of the cyber experience of UK children and their parents report that “among parents only 1 in 3 know how to set up an email account, and only a fifth or fewer are able to set up a filter, remove a virus, download music or fix a problem.” Parents becoming more digitally involved as a result of their children provides the added benefit of increasing the number of mature citizens so encouraging norms of good behaviour online.

  • Why would you do that?

    Kids need to have their freedom. It's not nice to have the feeling that someone is 'spying' on you. Parents should have trust in their kids. Parents might be able to get away with it if their child is younger than 13. But if they are older then that, no.

  • Taking Control Too Far

    Although security of a child's account should be (and is) important, allowing full access in a way like this is unnecessary and has plenty of potential for abuse. There are already many less heavy handed approaches that parents can take with their children, if they so choose and believe that it is necessary.


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