Updated: 10/17/2013 11:18 PM
Created: 10/17/2013 10:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Scott Kilbury
If you're the parent of young teenagers, you don't want to go to bed until you hear this story. Facebook is loosening its restrictions, which would allow posts from kids as young as 13 to be seen by anybody online.
For many parents that's a scary thought.
So we wanted to know what social media experts are saying about the changes.
Until now, users in that group could only share information and photos with their friends or friends of their friends. Now, they’ll be able to switch their settings and allow the general public to see. But the members of the public we sampled today said they didn't think the privacy settings should be changed.
Michael Moran, a Facebook user said, "however, they are minors, there’s a lot to consider, you want to help them make good decisions at that age."
Don Antinori said, "Unfortunately they don't have the maturity to make those decisions and the parents need to monitor the young adults and the corporation, for example, facebook, need to do their share."
Social media experts say the responsibility falls on both parties. Parents should monitor their children's use of social media while educating them about the benefits and disadvantages.
Tom Proietti, a social media expert said relying on a social media site like Facebook to enforce privacy is unrealistic. He said the education should be at home and in the classrooms.
“I think if we start putting the pressures on school districts to say you know what we have a lot of really important tools out there like instagram and vine. Let’s use them instruction, let’s also teach them how to use them responsibly,” said Proietti.
Only eight states in the entire United States incorporate social media literacy courses in their schools, New York is not one of them. So, Proietti suggest parents start educating your children at an early age about social media and use it under a parental supervision.