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Linda Barnes
Ms. Roxana Dewey
Eng. 101 15257
04 December 2016
Social Media And Parents Should Protect Children From Predators

Social media and parents should do more to protect children from sexual predators
because children spend most of their free time on the internet and the more friends children have
the more popularity their is for the children. Kids are not mature enough and when they sign up
on the websites whether its facebook, instragram , youtube and twitter that gives the sexual
predators the opportunity to target them. Everyday a child gets lured into meeting someone they
have meet online thinking that person is around their age and not knowing who there really going
to see and then realize that person is much older than them. Once their parents figure out that
their child is missing that is when the law enforcement and social media get involved by putting
the child picture on the internet and having a search party looking for them. However just
because a lot of people do it doenst make it wise(Design Week 2).
Social media has an obligation with parents to protect children from sexual predators.
The social media should send patent pending technology to parents before it reaches the children
warning them about sexual predators that target young children, also parents should pay close
attention to their children and set some boundries of how many hours their children use the
internet. Social media should have a tool for parents where they can set up the internet in a way
when there young children get on the web it shuts down at a certain time. In this generation
children are very advance and much wiser than the children that were born in the early 70s and

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80s. Some children are so spoiled and wont listen to their parents so they let their children learn
the hard way. Once he or she realize their parents where right thats when they realize their
parents where right, also young children should open up to their parents of what they see on the
internet. What i think is that some children are afraid to tell their parents what theyve seen on
the internet because he or she have in there mind that its there fault and thats not the case. If
parents start a petition on facebook or any other website and generate more than a million
signatures it just might ban sexual predators from the internet all together As Oberschneider said,
we need to be their frontal lobe for them when they are in their teens.(Oberschneider 2 par 4)
Another reason why social media sites and parents should protect children is because kids
under 13 dont have the smarts to understand the privacy rules and regulations. Before children
set up a profile on the web they should confront their parents,teachers,or an adult about the rules
of using the internet so he or she can get a better understanding of what theyve read. With all the
technology on the internet kids under 13 spend more than twenty minutes on the internet doing
homework and talking to friends and playing virtual games like sims,mortal combat and games
that have nudity in them. their parents dont have a clue what there doing until they knock on
their room door and thats when the kids switch the computer to homework so their parents think
thats what they were doing. Thats one reason why social media and parents need to set a
borderline
Its not social media responsibilty to protect young children since the parents give their
children permission to join social media at an early age knowing that their are things that kids
should not be seeing on the web. Then they sit around wondering why their child is missing.

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If social media and parents cant shelter children from sexual predators then who will
they have to protect them. We all know young kids have no way of protecting themselves.
Works Cited
"Facebook Should Do More To Keep Young Children Off The Network." Design Week (Online
Edition) (2011): 13. GreenFILE. Web. 4 Dec.

Source Citation
Sekulow, Jay. "Pornography on the net." Issues in Science and Technology, vol. 20, no. 3, 2004, p. 5.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context,
libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/login?url=http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A116218553/OVIC?u=
mcc_glendale&xid=56308968. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.

Source Citation
Joyce, Amy. "How can parents protect their children online?" Washington Post, 8 Sept. 2016.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context,
libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/login?url=http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A462844243/OVIC?u=
mcc_glendale&xid=e1a1d1bc. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.

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