Children are not allowed to have their own Facebook account because of safety concerns. This does not stop them from being familiar with the world of social media. In fact, one 7-year old boy demonstrated how the next generation’s ability to navigate the Internet can help solve a decades-old dilemma.
More than 60 years ago, Clifford Boyson and his sister Betty were put in different foster homes. They were 3 and 5 years old.
Since then, they had not been able to contact each other. It wasn’t for lack of trying to find each other. For decades, Clifford sent letters to various addresses, attempting to find his sister. All were returned to sender.
“I think that family is really important!”
It was the help of a young compassionate neighbor that led to a breakthrough. The 7-year old boy named Eddie cared enough about Clifford’s search for family.
This article says Eddie spent hours searching through his mom’s Facebook account until he found a lady who looked like his friend Clifford. Why he did it? “I think that family is really important!” he declared with childlike innocence.
With a bouquet of flowers in hand, Clifford finally reunited with his sister. They now have plans to spend the Easter holidays together.
After all, one of the perks of family is being able to spend time with each other. And their joy will be thanks to a little boy who cared enough to help.
Parents should provide guidance whenever a child uses Facebook and other social media sites. Some unsavory characters use these channels to lure and victimize innocent children.
But once in a while, a story like Eddie shows us that responsible and supervised use of social media can help the new generation solve the problems of the old.
What do you think about allowing children to use social media?
Read: Keep your kids safe online with the new Facebook Privacy Check-up
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