Everything comes in two sides; the intended and the unintended one. The internet has made life much easier by bridging connection gap through interactive forums, communicate, learn, network and all positive in mind. Despite this, it has done much damage than good when it comes to our children exposure to these platforms. What children learn and subjected to on social media is far too depressing for any parent to ignore. Here are some of the negative impacts reviewed; much proof as to why you need to monitor the activities of your child on the internet on a more regular basis.
- Cyber crimes
Unsuspecting persons often fall victim to malicious internet users who could tamper with their personal details steal their identity to use them in unscrupulous transactions, invading their privacy from accessing credit information to stalking and looting money. This is a scary trend that you need to caution and protect your child from.
- Addiction and loss of social ties
Children may stick glued to their screens the whole day in the name of fun; playing games, listening to music and participation in social room chats. Without their notice, they lose themselves to these platforms, grow lazy, under-perform and lose personal touch with people. They slowly chain a child into a utopia which may lead to frustrations later if not noted soon enough to be helped.
These are modernized forms of bullying. A person is intimidated, ridiculed, insulted and generally victimized by even strangers over minor things. It’s far much worse than physical bullying due to its emotional and physiological stigma. If not professionally helped it could result to low self-esteem and suicidal acts.
- Exposure to pornographic material
Children are curious by nature, they would not mind having a peek into adult materials once presented to them. The social media is a carefree world with the slightest regard of the mental weakening the sultry pictures, music and video clips do to the underage, who; for that matter, are not restricted to joining these forums by any means. This only elevates immorality and risk sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
- Risking incompetence
To some extent, technology has deteriorated education system. The readily available information and answers on the internet which demotivate research and creativity. Students actually cheat on tests meant to gauge their qualifications. There are devised ways to counter this but still loopholes for ambitious students to escape. We end up producing many graduates with unrefined skills and ideas to embrace the professional world.
Today’s children grow up with the` screen’, unlike older generations where paper and pen the way to go. Despite the ills, the internet can be a great resource for school and leisure. Coach your child to handle the internet, restrict access certain unhealthy websites and monitor their activities online to avoid undesirable outcomes.