Parents Urged to Monitor Children’s Use of Social Media

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  • Superintendent of Police, Merrick Watson, is appealing for parents to monitor their children’s activity on social media.
  • Superintendent Watson, who was addressing a Community Services Day event at the Kitson Town Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Catherine on Saturday (May 7), noted that the police often scour social networking sites such as Facebook for information about applicants.
  • He further urged parents to think twice before purchasing expensive cellular phones for their children, as this could make them targets for thieves.

Superintendent of Police, Merrick Watson, is appealing for parents to monitor their children’s activity on social media.

He said that young people are posting personal information online, which could taint their character and prevent them from accessing jobs.

“There are persons, who are taking away their employment prospects and losing out because of things that they post on social media. Anything that you post (online) remains there forever,” he pointed out.

Superintendent Watson, who was addressing a Community Services Day event at the Kitson Town Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Catherine on Saturday (May 7), noted that the police often scour social networking sites such as Facebook for information about applicants.

“They don’t know that they cannot hide anything that we can’t find. The only thing that you can hide that we will never be able to find is what you have not posted,” he told the congregation.

Superintendent Watson noted that persons are also making themselves victims of crime by posting too much information about their movements on social media.

He further urged parents to think twice before purchasing expensive cellular phones for their children, as this could make them targets for thieves.

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