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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2022. 1:06 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Parents, educators, and students are finding new ways to adapt to the ever-evolving era of technology.

While the Internet assists and provides numerous educational resources, there is also access to a wide variety of harmful materials online such as pornography, violent content, and gambling.

Currently, there is a growing number of school-aged children and teens engaging in online trends, dances, and challenges on social media platforms like Tik Tok, Facebook, and Instagram.

Each school provides students with rules that they must adhere to, but will schools monitor internet usage to safeguard students?

Principal Luis Oliva of Saint Vincent Pallotti Primary in Unitedville, Cayo hopes so.

Oliva said that technology must be embraced despite the challenges and urged parents and educators to help protect students and keep them safe from exposure to harmful online content.

“As an administrator of a primary school, I have seen a lot of negative effects through the use of these social media platforms. People usually take advantage of children or sometimes they start communicating with the wrong people. The posting of pictures is another issue parents and educators need to contend with. Children get exposed due to being unsupervised and lack of limitations in regards to the use of these platforms,” Oliva said.

In addition, Oliva notes that schools will need to implement rules that would address cyber-bullying and exposure of nudity and inappropriate content from and by students.

“As a school leader, I see the need for implementing rules that would address cyber-bullying and exposure of nudity and inappropriate content from our students. Hoping that the Ministry of Education would make this a priority and ensure that all school can strengthen their monitoring mechanism through enforced policies,” he stated.

He further encourages parents and teachers to work together in monitoring their kids’ activities on social media.

 

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