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Do you think that social networks are made for children? But do you think they use them? It is very possible that you answered 'no' to the first question and 'yes' to the second.
And the thing is, children handle new technologies almost better than us, they are capable of taking our smartphone and finding utilities that we did not imagine. Their way of interacting with the screens is more natural and intuitive than ours, they are unstoppable. Today's children and teenagers want a Facebook account, a YouTube channel, and an Instagram profile, all of them social networks created for adults, not for children. Before letting them open all those accounts, read why children should not have access to social networks.
At an earlier age our children ask us for a smartphone, "Nacho has one, why can't I?"... "because I'm not Nacho's mother and I say no." This is a very common conversation between parents and children of increasingly younger ages, and it is that, some parents are still the resistance and for many colleagues who carry a telephone, we do not see appropriate that our 9-year-old son has one ... would be missing more!
And what do they want the phone for? There are children who have it because their parents are separated and communication is only viable using the child as an intermediary, but others have a telephone like someone who used to have a bicycle. It is one more toy.
But, let's be clear, having a telephone with Internet access is having an open door to an infinite world of possibilities, and not all of them are appropriate for your age. One of those possibilities is to have access to social networks. But, Have you ever thought that social networks were thought and created for adults, not for children?
For children, having accounts on different social networks is fun, they can show off in front of their classmates, be more popular, receive attention from others. They feel older, important, attractive. They like to post photos of their clothes, their new hairstyle or their latest video game, just like the influencers they follow do.
Have you really considered the decision to give your children access to social networks? Sometimes simply by the fact that they stop insisting or because all their friends have accounts we let them in, without thinking that with this we have uncovered the thunder box.
The way I see it is a big mistake giving children access to social networksThey were not directly designed for them. They are not prepared to enter a world of temptations, deceptions, frivolities and dangers. Yes, it is also a fun and entertaining world, but children lack the skills to handle it.
It is very difficult for them to know how to use social networks properly, if they still do not know how to make responsible use of technology. They will believe that it is possible to have 844 friends, and that the more they have per day the better. Social networks, and we adults well know it, create addiction, even more so to the brain by shaping a child or adolescent.
Social networks will make you lose a certain connection with your child, who will bury his nose in the screen of his smartphone to respond to his virtual friends, see how many hearts they have received or show each of the clothes in his closet. It's huge wasted time potential Have you thought about everything you could do with that time that many kids spend on social media? I can think of dozens of activities.
- I think there is no rush to give access children to social networks, the longer we delay it the better.
- If your child is not so young and has profiles on social networks, follow them as an indispensable condition to have access.
- Create family accounts instead of private accounts that you can manage personally and away from other people's eyes.
- Control the time dedicated to being on social networks. Do an experiment one day, if you see that it passes several hours a day, it is time to cut it.
- Be a good example for your child and do not spend your day keeping your nose glued to your smartphone, you will have few arguments left to prohibit its use.
- Make plans with your children, plans that involve getting away from screens and other technology for a while.
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