Meta has taken a new initiative towards the safety of younger audience with regard to unsafe, intimate activities that teen users could be engaging in over social media. The company has released a guide on how parents could have discussions about these practices with their teen children and offer them their advice.
One of the key elements of discussion that Meta has focused on is telling teens that sending or receiving intimate images isn’t something that everyone does, which suggests being cautious when receiving inappropriate images.
To help younger people disengage from the practice, Meta suggests that parents must encourage them to raise important questions, such as if any inappropriate image they ever receive is supposed to be shared and whether the original sender has permitted sending the image in case it comes from a different source.
The fact that Meta has put in efforts to spread awareness regarding this matter is appreciable, considering how common the exchange of inappropriate content among young users on social media has become, and the uneasiness or resistance that parents experience at the thought of talking to their children about it.