Kids getting caught in net
If you are ever stuck for a conversation among fellow parents, try this as an opening line: “Thank God I grew up before the internet was invented.”
The outpouring of shared feelings on this will be something to behold. Australians of a certain vintage now look back on their internet-free youth as a truly golden age. It was a time that, in the digital era, can never be replicated.
For the same reasons those parents feel blessed to have avoided any online pitfalls during their childhoods, they have deep concerns about the effects of online culture on their own children. These concerns were once primarily related to privacy and the danger of online sex predators. But as the online world becomes ever more an embedded component of daily life, other concerns emerge.
Experts now warn that oversharing online images of children may be putting them at risk of long-term mental health or self-esteem issues.
“Images posted now could be very challenging for teenagers and young adults to deal with in the future,” one authority told The Daily Telegraph.
Parents must remain vigilant. Childhood is too precious to risk.