There is no doubt in the fact that smartphones have taken over our lives. Unfortunately, the younger generation is the one that has gotten most affected by this massive change. However, this does not mean we start blaming these gadgets as it is not the use of digital technology that is the problem, but rather its abuse. With digital technology comes digital threats like cyberbullying, cyberstalking, harassment, sexting, and plenty more. This has led to an increase in the work on the part of parents as they have an additional responsibility to keep their kids safe online. Luckily, there are various helpful tools like SecureTeen that can share the burden of the parents by empowering them to supervise the smartphone activities of kids 24/7. Unfortunately, many parents are either not aware of them, or are careless enough to not make use of them, wrongly assuming that their kids are smart enough to stay safe on their own. What they do not realize is that unsupervised smartphones privileges can lead to dire consequences, some of which have been discussed below.
Kids Fall Prey to Online Predators
Kids rarely think before posting anything online, be it their personal photos or their relationship status. Some kids go too far by revealing their contact details, home address, school information, and parents’ profession not only on social media, but also on various other online platforms as well. Hackers keep an eye on the online presence of these unsuspecting kids in hope of finding anything that can be used against them and their parents. While making mistakes and learning from them is part of growing up, the truth is that the internet and smartphone generation does not have this luxury. Every mistake it commits has a chance of becoming public knowledge the very next moment. In the age of internet, erasing mistakes is not as simple as it used to be. Kids as well as parents need to understand that more technology means more responsibility.
Susceptibility to Mental Illness Increases
Giving unsupervised smartphone privileges to kids may lead to a variety of short-term and long-term consequences, including cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, cyberstalking, harassment, sexting, drug addiction, and even delinquent behavior. These and other online threats not only affect the physical health of kids, but also result in serious mental disorders suck as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and much more. Parents also face emotional and mental distress after getting to know that their kid became a victim of online predators. What’s shocking is that an excessive use of internet, and social media in particular, without any parental supervision is found to be associated with drug abuse, addiction to porn, alcohol consumption, and suicide.
The Cost of Recklessness is Far Reaching
Lately, most schools and colleges run a background check by taking a look at the social media profile of candidates before giving them admission. This is their way of getting to know about the personality and character of those interested in becoming a part of their institution. Teens with poor social media profiles containing racist posts, harsh comments, and inappropriate images are often rejected on these grounds. In the same way, academic institutions avoid giving scholarships to kids having a bad online presence. These kids also face difficulty in getting a good job due to the same issues. In other words, the smartphone mistakes of teens have the potential to ruin their lives.