Despite monitoring apps and restrictions placed on phones, parents are finding it hard to keep up with their kids.Jennea Bivens has a 13-year-old daughter, Ariel.You can’t be everywhere all the time.
Bivens says the technology designed to keep children safe online is not infallible, because after she blocked Twitter on her daughter’s phone, the 13-year-old found another way and got a message from a stranger.This guy asked to see my feet and I was like what.When you give your child this ominous device, it’s like giving them the keys to your brand-new Cadillac.
Richard Wistocki is a retired police detective who specializes in cybercrimes.He says parents trust their children too much and are victims of what he calls the NMK syndrome.Not my kid, my kid would never do that.Yet young children can now chat with strangers on apps like Whatsapp,Houseparty,and Musical.ly.
One parent had no idea her 13-year-old daughter was messaging with an unknown boy on Snapchat until an older daughter alerted her.As parents, we need to wake up, no doubt.Nathan Hale Elementary school principal Dawn Iles-Gomez says her school requires students to leave their phones in the home run throughout the day.I cannot even imagine how much is going on there. We have no clue, and I’m saying that is someone who works with kids and is decent with technology.But even being decent with technology isn’t enough.
Experts say kids find all kinds of sneaky ways of using their phones right under their parents’ noses.And as one mother put it, just monitoring their social media presence is a full-time job in addition to the day-to-day parenting.
Mariama Diallo, VOAnews.