“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Last month, we witnessed a situation that many people, especially grown-ups, preach about when it comes to social media and technology:
“Don't post something on the internet you'll regret.”
Unfortunately, a young lady who attended Hough High School became a victim of that when police say she sent nude photos to her boyfriend last year.
She was then recently extorted by someone else on Instagram to send more photos... or the pictures would be posted online.
During the investigation, other female students at the school came forward saying the same thing had happened to them.
We can't stress this enough – young people: don't post something on the internet or send text messages that you'll regret!
Once they’re out there, you can’t get them back.
But, parents, you're not off the hook either. We feel you should be accountable too.
Did you buy your child's phone?
Are you paying the monthly cellphone bill?
If you answered "yes," then technically, that phone belongs to you, not to your child.
So it's your responsibility to track your children's internet and social media use.
Here are some apps that allow you to do just that.
We highly encourage you review them and research which one works for you.
Remember, being one step ahead of your children now could prevent a lifetime of embarrassment that – in this day and age – is never erased.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.