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Spanish teenagers can have three types of profiles on social networks

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MADRID, June 30th. (Portaltic/EP) –

Spanish children of between 9 and 16 years They consult social networks every day, and even the elderly can have up to three types of profiles: one for family, another to search anonymously and freely express their opinions, and a third to spy on other users.

This is one of the conclusions of a 2020 Cybersecurity and School Coexistence study conducted by Gaptain, referenced in a recent critical analysis of the Risks of using the internet and social networks in childhood and adolescence published on the Frontiers platform.

On the occasion of the International Day of Social Networks, celebrated every year on June 30, this research aims to find out what are the attitudes of children and young people towards the use of the Internet and social networks, in order to know the intergenerational tensions between them and adults and the difficulty in reaching consensus when using these services.

This study underlines that the use of mobile devices has increased in Spain in recent years, a fact that has aroused great interest in the academic community, the use, risks, threats and opportunities for children and young people, especially children and young people, to investigate alpha generation.

Generation Alpha is the successor generation to Generation Z and is the term researchers and the media use to speak and name children born in the 2010s the first generation that will be 100 percent digital.

The fact that we are dealing with people who have lived with all kinds of technical devices and electronic devices since the beginning makes it necessary to raise awareness and control their use by parents, who must ensure that minors use it risks to which they are exposed, which are exposed when using the Internet.

in this line, the study “Consumption trends and new channels for marketing to minors and young people. The Alpha Generation in Spain and its Technological Consumption” determines that children under 8 see the Internet as an entertainment tool, especially YouTube.

Social networks are also another source of attraction for minors, and although the legal age to access these platforms in Spain is between 13 and 14, millions of children under that age typically enjoy these services.

For example, the EU Kids Online Report 2020 finds that children aged 9-16 consult social networks daily or very frequently when they are in the school levels corresponding to primary education.

In addition and according to gap research, High school users are starting to have three types of social media profiles: one for family, one to anonymously express their opinions, and the third to spy on the activities of other members of social media communities. TikTok, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter.


In this sense, they point out from this social enterprise specialized in education and digital security for children Social networks coeducate the youngest through “influencers” they follow, implying that the adults around them cease to be their references when they become digitized.

To avoid this digital gap between both age groups, All4Sec proposes CiberSeguridad a set of measures to strengthen the bond between parents and children with the aim of achieving safe surfing on the Internet as well as the correct use of social networks.

First of all, adults should be careful when advising their children to use anonymity or fake profiles when sharing their information on social networks. In this case it is not so important teach them to act without revealing their identity, but discuss what information they should share with other users.

On the other hand, it is advisable not to rush and wait for detailed information about new technological trends, about which there is little data, such as: B. the Metaverse. Likewise, it is wise to distrust direct communications with third parties and to closely investigate where all communications are originating from.

It should be noted that video platforms are not passive environments where only entertainment content can be seen, but also the promotion of it integrate them and the comments of other users that reflect them.

Finally, all interaction formats must be evaluated, including those of video games. In them you can contact an avatar, but also other communication systems, such as cameras and audio systems. Therefore, the types of interactions that minors engage in and their boundaries need to be controlled.

Source europapress.es

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