With development of social media, more and more youngsters are being allowed unsupervised access to the internet in order to meet and chat with friends which can lead to potentially dangerous situations. What solutions can you suggest to deal with this problem

Social networking as a medium is very powerful and its popularity is growing day by day. Despite its virtues, social media’s negative effects on our youth, especially the impressionable teenagers, are well recorded
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with
the news. Major crimes resulted due to
it but
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it, but
not limited to, as per the
crimes
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crime
bureau report 2019 are, kidnaps, molestations, harassment, physical attacks, public shaming etc.... Gullible young people tend to trust random strangers online which
are leading
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is leading
to vulnerable situations, as in the case of
kidnap
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kidnaps
of a 12 year old girl from Kolkata.
However
, the bigger concern is
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the lack
of knowledge
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of
the parents about their kin’s activities on these platforms.
This
is proved by their surprised faces when police unravel the mysteries. Luckily, there are ways to tackle
this
problem.
Firstly
, restriction helps. As prevention is better than cure, monitoring their activity and restricting the usage by
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the hours
they spend on mobiles would greatly help.
This
is because it reduces the probability of falling
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into
a trap.
In addition
to these, technological solutions like “Child Usage” plug-ins similar to child lock on TV, would come handy in
this
situation.
Secondly
, communication is better. Though, the
first
solution works, there are limitations. There are several workarounds for these surveillance tools helping users hide their activities.
Also
, restricting mobile usage is practically non viable given their importance in today’s education system.
Hence
, educating them about the potential hazards of the Facebooks and the Twitters is important. While there is a risk of looking like a preachy person, it is important to have
this
conversation.
Additionally
, providing a choice of a healthy hobby like sports or reading will provide extra benefits as well. In conclusion, I suggest a two-pronged solution to curb the ill-effects of online social media.
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The first idea
revolves around controlling the usage while the
second
deals with a softer
counseling
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
counselling
approach. Both, if employed together, they work wonders on eliminating risks of
this
new age essential evil.
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