Recently, at St. Paul’s, the eCadets have considered a new idea that is based on creating a better internet. We think that popular Social Medias, such as Snapchat and Instagram, should create a ‘child friendly’ version so that people of all ages can enjoy the excitement of sharing photos and videos safely, without suffering any negative responses.
Our idea has many reasons to show that it is perfect to help young people stay safe online: it can be set up through a family account -therefore parents will give permission for their child to be on social media.
Family accounts are safer because parents, carers and guardians can monitor their children whilst they are on these apps – this means that parents will be reassured that their children are safe. However, parents are not able to personally change their child’s page or comment as the idea would be to promote independence.
This will also ensure that the profile that has been created has been verified and is a child’s account and not an adult pretending to be a child.
With this, parents will be able to monitor their child’s activity as notifications about their child’s posts or videos will be sent to them. However, they will not be able to comment on their child’s news.
We will also ensure that reporting is easier and more effective. Basically, when a child reports something parents and schools will be notified (if the school agrees to get involved).This is so that it can be dealt with faster. Also, devices will be monitored regularly by the Childs guardian and/or school.
Child-safe apps will also be available on all devices.
Obviously, children will be able add friends and other child family members however we think that children should only be allowed to befriend someone if their parents approve. Also, there will be no need for private accounts as all accounts will need to be requested to follow/friend
Another way to make sure that the person making the account is actually a child is to have facial recognition when they are logging in /making an account. Also, whenever the child opens the app facial recognition will be necessary. Products from mobile companies (Such as Apple and Samsung) have also used this software to create facial recognition on smartphones.
Overall, we have explained many reasons why our idea is perfect for the young generation’s social media. We have stated that: family accounts will allow parents/guardians to monitor their children; reporting will be made easier; child-friendly apps will be available on all devices; adding friends will be made safer with the addition of friend/follow requests and finally facial recognition will be installed to secure identities.
We hope you agree with the suggestions that have been put forward - let's us know what you think!