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
the news. Major crimes resulted due to
not limited to, as per the
bureau report 2019 are, kidnaps, molestations, harassment, physical attacks, public shaming etc.... Gullible young people tend to trust random strangers online which
to vulnerable situations, as in the case of
of a 12 year old girl from Kolkata.
, the bigger concern is
the parents about their kin’s activities on these platforms.
is proved by their surprised faces when police unravel the mysteries. Luckily, there are ways to tackle
, restriction helps. As prevention is better than cure, monitoring their activity and restricting the usage by
they spend on mobiles would greatly help.
is because it reduces the probability of falling
to these, technological solutions like “Child Usage” plug-ins similar to child lock on TV, would come handy in
, communication is better. Though, the
solution works, there are limitations. There are several workarounds for these surveillance tools helping users hide their activities.
, restricting mobile usage is practically non viable given their importance in today’s education system.
, 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
, 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.
revolves around controlling the usage while the
deals with a softer
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
approach. Both, if employed together, they work wonders on eliminating risks of
new age essential evil.