According to the data of the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), 85% of our country uses the Internet, while 81% are actively involved in social media and spend 3 hours a day on these platforms. Communication professional and trainer Gamze Nurluoğlu points out that 5.7% of social media users are young people under the age of 17. At this point, Nurluoğlu touched on the concept of digital parenting and evaluated the social media posts of adults that could harm children.
The digitization trend in families can pose risks to their children. Parents have different responsibilities against these factors, which especially affect children of developmental age. To protect children from the negativity of the digital world, such as cyberbullying, parents must be conscious users and keep their digital use under control.
“THE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA”
While many people share photos, videos and locations from their private lives on social media, they contain different information about their children. However, it is necessary to be more careful when sharing about children. Because clearly stating children’s details such as school-nursery and sharing their photos leads to the creation of a digital footprint on behalf of children. Since the child’s digital identity is initiated without the child’s knowledge, it becomes more difficult to manage as the person gets older. On the other hand, it can create security threats and cause psychological problems with cyberbullying.
THE NEW PROBLEM OF SOCIAL MEDIA: SHARING
Sharing is defined as sharing information or images of their children under the age of 18 on social media without their consent, making it a habit and opening an account on their behalf. This behavioral model is one of the problems preventing children from shaping their digital identity in the future. Therefore, it is critical that parents do not use their children as a means of interaction on social media.
“DIGITAL PARENTS DO NOT CREATE SUPPRESSIVE CONTROL MECHANISM”
Digital parenting is explained as ensuring that children can continue their social, emotional, psychological, mental and physical development by keeping them away from the negativity of the digital world. The way to be a successful digital parent is to acquire digital literacy. So digital parents who are role models for their children in the digital world; It does not impose prohibitions or create an oppressive control mechanism. Instead, it guides the child with technological aids, raises awareness and protects against risk.
So, how can parents protect their children from the negativity of the digital world?
– Must avoid the harms of the digital world and focus on the benefits,
-Phone use should be adapted to the age group,
-The child should not have access to any application on the parent’s phone,
-Child specific modes must be activated on video platforms,
– Parental control must be activated when the child switches to their personal phone,
-When the child starts using social media, they should be made aware of the risks and malicious people,
– lead them to applications where they can learn foreign languages and improve their skills,
-Children should focus on what application they are using and for what purpose.