Social life for children in this and future upcoming generations has become more problematic than it used to. Due to the interconnectivity of the Internet bringing individuals closer together on modern platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, relationships have become rapid fire and instant. While this is beneficial to society in spreading news and social awareness, there are some pitfalls that have emerged for children who have access to the Internet. Children are curious by nature and the way social media markets certain groups is by targeting and exploiting certain interests that will some people want to click on ad bait webpages. What if a child stumbles onto a web page that specially advocates their harmful message to young people? Will they know what to do?
Terrorist organization cells like ISIS have took notice to current trends in our society and have made a great interest in getting the web presence across through platforms like Twitter and Facebook. ISIS uses sleek and eye-catching designs specifically to have the modern youth identify and associate with their group. This is done through a well disguised marketing campaign employed by ISIS that includes videos highly stylized with recruitment techniques that make the viewer believe that by joining ISIS a sense of community with a sense of purpose can be achieved if you join them. According to an article by The Atlantic, there is even an app for the savvy tech user that can be downloaded and is promoted by top ISIS supporters.
Due to the easily accessible way harmful organizations are targeting the youth, how can the modern parent prevent their child from getting involved with this groups?
Track your child’s online presence:
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