There is a positive and negative aspect to most things in life. There are few exceptions to this rule. In recent times we have witnessed the negative side of popular social media sites. Disturbingly, social media have been featured in the alleged murder of a St. Catherine based young woman. According to police reports the young woman decided to meet face to face with the teenager with whom she had been corresponding. They met at his home and, in the end her body was found in a shallow grave nearby to his house. It has been reported that the teenager has since confessed to being a part of a satanic church. Additionally, the gunman who shot and killed two New York City police officers in Brooklyn, New York last Saturday also used on social media in posting some disturbing information about his intentions.
It cannot be said often enough, be careful who you meet on social media. Very
often the persona behind the monitor is not the same individual you will
Schools are now on the Christmas break; resulting in more and more young people
turning to the internet. Students surf the internet in search for some
entertainment, to speak with old friends, seek out new friends and do research
Parents have the added responsibility to guide and monitor their children
regarding how to use the internet in a safe and efficient manner. It’s always
best to have the family computer stored in a central area in the home. However,
with more and more children having access to smart phones with internet capacity
the job of parents and guardians have become more challenging.
Parents should be mindful this Christmas about the kinds of gifts they give to
their children. Of course as a parent you aim to make your child comfortable
and happy, however, there are some gifts that if given should be carefully
monitored. As a parent you probably will need to know the password of your
child email account and smart phone.
Yes, each child has a right to privacy; however, each child has a right to be
safe more than the need for privacy. It’s always best to spend some quality
time with your child, some of which can be used to navigate the internet. This
Christmas speak with your child about the reality and responsibility of having
Have a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful new year.