Most parents worry about their children’s social media use, but a new Facebook trend may be adding more cause for concern. If you are a parent and have yet to hear about Facebook Confessions Pages, then listen up.
What Are Facebook Confessions Pages?
Facebook Confession Pages are virtual forums where students can go online and tell all without revealing their identities. Confessions can be about anything from hook-ups to parties, crushes, bad habits and addictions, you name it. While some parents may breathe a sigh of relief at the anonymity the pages offer teens, there are other reasons to be concerned.
Why Parents Should Be Concerned
The very thing that many parents want for their children while online—that is, anonymity—is also the thing that makes Facebook Confessions pages dangerous places for kids. Because they don’t have to identify themselves, many teens feel completely free to spout crude and even hateful comments, making this online space a threatening one. According to Reuters, the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at Florida Atlantic University has expressed his frustration over “another creative venue where kids are able to say hurtful things.”
Is your kid active on a Facebook Confession Page? Would you know if he were?