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Meta Launches New Parental Guide To Help Discuss Issues Like Sexting And Its Risks With Teens

While some people may consider the subject a taboo in society, ‘sexting’ and sharing nudity across the web has become a norm in today’s time. Today, you’ll find it is widely practiced across some of the leading social media platforms.

The event is more common among younger audiences and that’s exactly what makes it an alarming issue worth discussing. No, we’re not saying that every member of the young generation is doing it. However, what we are mentioning is that being aware and letting teenagers know about the associated risks involved is probably the best way to handle such situations.

This is exactly why Meta is going the extra mile in terms of making parents realize that it’s okay to talk about such matters with their teens before it’s too late.

For this reason, the leading tech giant has launched a new parental guide to make discussions a much more light-hearted and easier approach. Remember, we’re exposed to all sorts of endeavors on a daily basis and how you handle it really can affect your child’s upbringing in today’s time.

Meta revealed how important it is to tackle the issue and let teenagers know that sharing their own content or even forwarding shady content posted by others can be related to huge risks.

In the guide, parents will find ways to break the ice and turn the awkward situation into a not-so-uncomfortable moment for both speakers and listeners. Similarly, the platform has also highlighted ways through which certain points of discussion must be emphasized to call the move a successful talk.

Meta adds that one good thing that they’ve come across over time is related to how research stats delineate low figures related to teens sending out intimate pictures. And that is almost as little as one in ten individuals.

It’s interesting to note how more teens receive such images as compared to actually being the ones sending out their own. So that’s why the activity appears to be so much more common than it really is.

This adds a lot of assurance and music to parents’ ears because the hype around sexting isn’t as massive as you may believe. “Tell your children that not everyone is busy doing it”- the company explained.

It’s important to realize that not every individual in their teens is busy doing the same and that’s why parents must make teens understand that they shouldn’t ever succumb to the pressure in their surroundings.

Similarly, the guide by Meta can also be seen stressing some of the great impacts related to engagement on such content. Whether it gets shared or not, parents also need to stress matters such as how the content must be deleted, in case they do end up receiving it.

Meta adds how important it is to end up asking questions and they’ve even stated which ones should be added to the list. This includes if the person sending out the images really wished for it to be seen by others or perhaps if the original sender is even liable to send such content that features others inside.

Another common question that adds food for thought is to make teens realize that if it had been them in the video or image, how would they end up feeling about the behavior.

We feel the entire proposal put forward by Meta is a step in the right direction. We also think that common sense must prevail for parents to take the initiative and start talking to their kids, instead of being afraid.

Remember, kids are kids and they might be fully aware of the risks affiliated with such content.


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