Fighting fake accounts will help protect children and adolescents from being cheated on social networks, says Evgeny Nifantiev, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. He appealed to the owners and moderators of social networks with a call to pay close attention to fake pages, behind which scammers and criminals can hide. Avoiding anonymity and exposing fake accounts will keep kids and teens safe on the Internet.
“Parents strive to protect their children from the threats of the real world, but often ignore the virtual world, naively believing that they are protected by the walls of their home,” said Yevgeny Nifantiev. – But when a teenager is texting on social networks with a person whom he does not know personally, he does not always realize that anyone can be hiding behind his avatar. And when communicating with a certain way, he can be manipulated by an adult and, as a result, receive serious psychological trauma.
A member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation believes that in order to effectively combat cyber fraudsters, it is necessary not only to legislatively improve the control system, but also to form a culture of behavior in social networks, which is still in its infancy in Russia.
– Obviously, introducing yourself to the network as a different person, it is much easier to evade responsibility, – emphasizes Nifantiev. – An adult man can write to a teenage girl by taking the avatar of a cute peer or a character from her favorite comic book. I am sure that no one will induce suicide or try to lure a child to a meeting by going online under their own name. If a person has nothing to hide, he is unlikely to hide behind avatars and romantic images.
That is why, Evgeny Nifantyev is sure, the owners of social networks and moderators have a huge responsibility for our children.
– I in no way call to violate the secrecy of correspondence and introduce some kind of total control. The first step can be to increase the responsibility of both the owners of social networks and ordinary moderators. It is they who can quickly delete accounts that pose a potential threat to users, Nifantiev suggests.
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