Should Parents Restrict Children from Using Certain Apps? [POLL]
Parents are often reminded to monitor their children’s internet activity, but it may be a good idea to check on their smart phone usage too. A new app allows users to post information without ever having to reveal their identity – and it’s already doing a lot of damage.
Secret is different from other social media networks – there are no usernames or profiles associated with this application. Users of this app will never have to reveal their identity, and are free to post anything they want. Once the post is made, they can customize it with different colors and pictures, and then other anonymous users can ‘love’ it or comment on it. Secret recognizes the contacts from the user’s phonebook that also have the app installed, and everyone is automatically connected. They are free to see one another’s materials.
That’s where it gets dangerous. It’s possible for teens and kids to abuse this app to trash talk one another, and it could bring cyber bullying to a whole new level. Schools in some areas are already dealing with the problems this app is causing.
It doesn’t stop with the younger generations – businesses have been using this app to reveal inside information, and harm one another.
Should parents restrict children from using certain applications, so that cyber bullying doesn’t become even more of an epidemic?