Mobile Messaging And Kids: How Aware Are Parents?

By Anindita Mishra

Messaging apps are the in thing today. Right from a collegian to the 40-something mother of two; from the local electrician trying to increase client base to the highly popular movie actor; everyone is part of some or the other ‘chat group’. Naturally then can children be far behind? They are the first infact to discover and explore new apps.

Now the thing with children is that they mainly want to connect, share and fraternize with peer groups. But sometimes, their curiosity can lead them astray. Children also assume what they share online anonymously remains secret and if they post anonymously; their identity will not be discovered. In addition, many have absolutely no idea how fast content can go viral online and what repercussions an innocent statement or pic can have. They only experiment and explore – they do not have long term vision.

But parents have. They also have the understanding born of age and experience. So they are the best people to guide children online and ensure they use these apps safely.

Let’s take a quick peek at some of the most popular messaging apps today.

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