LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Social media platforms have a dramatic influence on many young people and pose unique challenges for parents. Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok are social media accounts that many underage children use on the daily basis.
But predators reach out to minors through these apps and often pose as a peer, use fake photos, and create fake profiles to lure minors to chat.
Rader says "You should never interact with anyone that you meet on social media that you don't have references on for example i have a number of contacts that I'm with social media on but I never reach out to anyone contact anyone or meet them in person if someone only has 2 or 3 friends or 10 friends its probably a hoax".
The most dangerous apps are those that use your phone's location settings. this means a stranger can see where you go just from the palm of their hands.
He says "You can set almost every app so that it will track your location only if you're using the app so when your not using the app you probably want to have it not track your location that's the first rule of thumb".
Adrienne aspires to be a teacher one day and says there are many reasons why children shouldn't have social media including adults.
She says "The main reason why is because I spend a lot of time on social media as it is already and I feel I would get really distracted especially because its designed to be bite-sized content so that you end up spending a lot of time on it just from the nature of the app itself and I guess I don't find it appealing as much either so".
Chris Rader says he wants both predators and social media networks to be held accountable so that the internet can become safer for both children and adults.
He says "I would love to see social media companies take a firm stance in developing software that let the parents monitor and manage these in a very easy way and i think if these things come about that would be a good thing for the children and families".