Technology is one of the key concerns of most parents with school going children today. The internet has provided the school going children with a wide range of sites to utilize. With this massive growth in the field of technology, several social networking sites have emerged. Examples of such sites are MySpace, Friendster and twitter, u tube and face book. The sites are continuously becoming more appealing even to the school going children because of their unique services.
The Cons of cyber socialization
Discussing the challenges that come with internet socialization, Fitzpatrick notes that such sites may be detrimental to the younger children especially because they provide avenues to child bullying and put the children at a higher risk of being trafficked. He therefore seeks to introduce the Deleting Online Predators Act as part of the Suburban caucus agenda.
His reason of bringing the act was that the parent’s ability to restrict how their children’s use internet is limited only to the short time they spend at home. He notes that most of the child’s time is spent either in school or in the libraries. In the Act, he proposes certain measures such as implementing a technology that protect the children’s access to the risky commercial networking sites. He also proposed the need to design a website to provide the necessary information on the dangers of surfing the internet to the learning community. To him, such measures will enable the parents to address the internet related issues with their children with much understanding. He also proposed strict policies to regulate what such social sites can release to the public especially those sites with information on sexuality
The pros of the cyber socializing
Even with such challenges, the social networks are not without their advantages. I agree with Jenkins Henry that the society is at a transition moment from face to face interaction to more advanced forms of interaction. He noted the role of the...