There comes a time when we have to loosen the apron strings and trust our children to an extent where they feel independent. Breathing down their necks doesn't help them to secure friendships and it surely won't prepare them for the big wide world. But a child like Amy sees everything black and white. She doesn't understand the dangers of paedophiles and trolls, cyber-bullying and impersonators. She sees people as they are. If she thinks they have a pretty face, she will assume they are kind. Her vulnerability knows no bounds and there lies the dangers of social media for a child like Amy. The blog she used to write on was carefully monitored by me; she didn't know how to access it. She is able to use the Internet, quite efficiently I hasten to add, but I have parental control permanently on. I'm not an expert on social media, far from it, but I've seen and heard about the dangers children can find themselves in and it all leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe one day Amy will have her own Facebook account, but not for a few years yet. I'd like to keep a lid on the possibility of risks online, just for a while longer.
Edit: Please read Fiona's comment to this post because she is absolutely bang on the nail. Many thanks.
This post was inspired by Sandi McBride who writes eloquently about the subject of kids using Facebook.