Poll: Social Media You Use
Had an interesting chat about social media tools and web sites last week with some students I am working with. The conversation was led by the recent story of the young Johannesburg teenager and the alleged MXit connection to her 48 hour disappearance.
The crux of the conversation came down to the students suggesting that a lack of parental involvement, rather than MXit, was to blame for the teens disappearance. MXit, like most other social services, actively promote a policy of privacy. There are many notices and warnings given to users about revealing personal information to strangers met using the service. Users are able to block contact from unwanted correspondents, ban specific users from making contact, and prevent their details from being shared with others.
To my mind, the students make a very valid point. To allow your child to use these services without clearly spelling out the rules they should follow when using them, and the potential risks associated with them, is just plain poor parenting. And to use the excuse “I didn’t know what they were doing or how these things even work!” simply doesn’t hold any water. Find out FFS! Educate yourself to ensure you know what your children are doing, and stop abdicating your responsibility as a parent by shifting the blame to others.
With this in mind, we’ve set up a new poll to determine which of the popular social media servicesBlog readers are using. Parents: you may want to investigate these services to ensure that you know more about them than your children do!
Select all of those that you use. And drop us a note in the comments if there are others that you think we should add.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this – whether you are a parent, a teenager, or just a casual user of social media services, tools and networks.