Eglash: Teach children to use Facebook with caution

This week's 20 Questions hosts senior affairs reporter Ruth Eglash, answering your questions on Katsav, murdered Ethiopian women and the perils of Facebook.

20 questions 58 (photo credit: courtsey)
20 questions 58
(photo credit: courtsey)
Do you think that senior ministers who were aware of Moshe Katsav’s character should be investigated for allowing him to be elected as Israel’s president? What is being done about the high rate of Ethiopian women being abused or even murdered by their husbands? How do you think parents can teach their children to use social networking sites such as Facebook safely?
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This week on 20 Questions, we are joined by Ruth Eglash, The Jerusalem Post’s social affairs correspondent and reporter for the newspaper for over ten years.
Eglash asserts that senior officials that allowed Katsav to become president should look into themselves. “There needs to be an official inquiry and [even] an overhaul of the system,” Eglash says, “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Eglash is ambivalent about the value of children using Facebook. On the one hand she believes it to be a wonderful tool, allowing children to connect with friends and relatives overseas - not least of all because it improves their English. But there are myriad dangers in allowing children to use Facebook freely, as was tragically demonstrated in last week’s Facebook-related suicide. Eglash urges all parents to remain vigilant about their child’s activities on Facebook, including closely monitoring their “friends” list to insure that no strangers are befriending them.
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