Monday 24 July 2017

Why I will never allow my children on social media

Wary of tech companies, Brendan O'Connor will not allow his children to be guinea pigs in Zuckerberg and Co's big experiment

Generation tech: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla and their daughter Max Photo: Mark Zuckerberg via AP
Generation tech: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla and their daughter Max Photo: Mark Zuckerberg via AP
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You're going to laugh, and doubtless it may prove to be difficult, but right now, as things stand, I will not be allowing my children to go on social media until they are adults.

And I know what you're thinking. I could have a few battles on my hands in years to come. But then, I wonder if it will indeed be such a battle in years to come. Because I think a few years down the line, we could have very different views on social media and our engagement with it could be very different.

The current generation of digital natives who grew up on social media are very much guinea pigs; and in a way social media has been greeted somewhat like firewater, with little restraint and little thought for our ability to metabolise it - into our humanity and our sense of selves.

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