Online social networking has opened a new era of conflict between parents and children. As more and more children get used to social networking sites and spend most of their time updating their status, writing comments and connecting online, it has hampered the delicate parent-child relationship.
Earlier only phones used to be a nuisance between parents and children. But as soon as social networking came into existence and Internet became accessible from mobiles, many parents have gone ballistic over the rising mobile phone bills. Parents are justified in wanting to know what the children are up to as many times social networking gets children into trouble owing to their innocence. For e.g. a girl accepting an anonymous friend request, who then started harassing her. She tries to resolve the problem but fails and gets depressed. Later the parents intervene and get her out of the mess.
Parents should not cross the line and intrude but at the same time children should also place some trust in their parents and do not keep anything a secret. Social networking is here to stay for a longer period of time so restrain as well as trust from both sides is the key to resolve any emerging crisis.
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