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Why Kids Should be Allowed to Have a Social Media Presence

Jillian Shweky

Opinion Editor

Due to the recent events in Israel, many people have taken to social media to express how they are feeling. This expression of outrage includes anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. In a world filled with hate and misinformation, it is understandable for a parent to be nervous about their children’s presence on social media. Despite this communal concern, many of today’s youth are heavily invested in social media like Instagram, TikTok, X, and Snapchat. Even with there being some risks on social media, there are many positive things kids can learn from it as well.

First, kids being exposed to different perspectives on the current situation in Israel can allow them to become better educated on the history. I have seen countless posts about the history of the Israeli- Palestinian, and from those posts, I have learned facts I never would have been exposed to otherwise. Of course, I do my research and verify if these facts are true, and a solid portion of them are.

This leads to my next point, there is tons of misinformation on social media. This is dangerous as many people on social media are gullible and believe the misinformation. If parents prepare their kids to check their sources on everything, kids can educate others and equip themselves with facts to combat libel.

In a time full of concern for our Israeli brothers and sisters, social media is a crucial part of staying connected with them. Not only because we can communicate with them directly through these programs. But also, them being able to see us post our support for Israel and Jews across the world provides them and all of us with a feeling of comfort, knowing we are not alone.

Social media is a very powerful tool that can be used for the good. If parents educate their children on the correct way to use it, social media can be used to spread love in such unsettling times.


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