August 20, 2013
Should we ban children from using Ask.fm? 1
I’m currently asking some questions about social media in an attempt to see what we can do about the spate of social problems that seem to come with them. I’m primarily focusing on Ask.fm, as it’s the one on the news but this could apply to any web site that allows interaction.
Another suggestion that I have heard is to ban young people from using web sites such as Ask.fm. Many parents do this. I’m not so sure this is the complete answer either. For example, most parents try to ban their youngsters from drinking, smoking, drugs, sex and all sorts of other things that are illegal or risky. How many adults can honestly say they didn’t do the things that their parents banned. It’s the same with social media. Any young person who wants to use the Internet will find a way of doing so. In fact, it’s much easier to access web sites than it is to access any of the above examples! Therefore, banning a child may only make things worse. It’s possibly likely that a vulnerable young person may not speak with a parent if they feel they may be in trouble.