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Should Young Children Have Access to Technology?

Clarissa Poston

Posted on March 28, 2021 15:40

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The world is a scary place. You read news articles and watch television shows about predatory adults accessing innocent children through the internet, showing horror stories in the making. Is this a chance to take?

When I was younger, I thought having my own phone and computer was the coolest thing in the world. I was able to text my friends all the time, download my favorite music, and keep up with social media; however, looking back at my experience, I realize that this was not always the safest thing to do at such a young age.

When I would have sleepovers with my friends, we would go onto Omegle and talk to strangers. In the beginning, it was innocent – we would meet other kids our age and laugh about the simplest things. One day, though, my mom came into my room and absolutely lost her mind when she saw what my friend and I were doing. I, being a kid, thought she was being dramatic – so as soon as she left, we resumed our Omegle conversations. After a while, it became a scary experience. Older men would try and talk to us in inappropriate manners, so we would “skip” them and move onto the next conversation. Unfortunately, the next conversations were just as bad, if not worse – we saw graphic content that I would never want any child to see. I suppose I should’ve listened to my mom – lesson learned.

I was talking to a friend of mine last night who told me a story about her sibling’s experiences with an app called Kik. This occurred years ago, though it’s still a prevalent example today. On this app, her sibling was introduced to an account where a stranger would pay you for conversation – the stranger described it as “taking surveys for money.” Although the questions asked started innocent enough, and money was sent, it seemed as though this was only done to gain my friend’s sibling’s trust. After the first payment, the stranger began asking inappropriate questions and inquired about scandalous photos. Unfortunately, my friend’s mom wasn’t aware that this was going on; therefore, the inappropriate questions were answered and the scandalous photos were sent.

Both of these occurrences happened many years ago, and we know that technology only evolves. New apps are created, more children have access, and more predatory adults gain a new “in” to conversations. If not monitored closely, these children can find themselves in scary situations. They may potentially meet who they think is another child, make plans to hang out, and end up face-to-face with the complete opposite. There are so many ways for things to go wrong, and it can all happen under the nose of a parent, regardless of how good of a parent they are.

Is this something worth taking a chance on? Should children be given these technologies at such an early and innocent age, without knowing what dangers exist? In my opinion, due to my experiences and those I’ve heard about from others, I do not think it is worth the risk.

Clarissa Poston

Posted on March 28, 2021 15:40

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