Asian parents: Balancing a Warm Family and Child’s Rights

Asian parents with unconscious neglect of child rights

As individuals who were born and raised in Asia, we have likely experienced the unique upbringing of Asian parents. When it comes to parenting styles, it is notably distinct from that of Western parents who tend to allow their children more freedom to make their own choices. Foreign parents tend to emphasize their children’s independence and responsibility from an early age and instill discipline as a key practice.

Children’s privacy rights are often neglected by many parents, particularly when it comes to posting pictures of their children on social media. This is something that Asian parents often overlook, whether it be on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, or even personal blogs. Asian parents may not fully consider their child’s rights, even though the child is under their custody. However, it is important to remember that every child has the right to their own body.

Knowledgeable tips for laws related to children in Thailand

In Thailand, a ‘child’ is defined by law as a person under the age of 18, except for those who have reached the age of majority through marriage. Apart from constitutional protection, Thailand also has several important laws related to children’s rights, including:

  • The Child Protection Act B.E. 2546, clearly states in Section 22 that the best interests of the child should be taken into account and unfair discrimination should not be allowed.
  • The Juvenile and Family Court and Juvenile and Family Court Procedure Act B.E. 2553.
  • The Promotion of Family Development and Protection Act B.E. 2562.
  • The Computer Crime Act B.E. 2550 and the Computer Crime Act (No. 2) B.E. 2560.

Effects of posting your child on online media and neglecting their rights

As we all know, posting pictures of your child on social media is a violation of children’s privacy rights, which are protected by law. If parents want to post pictures of their children, they should also obtain the child’s consent, and involve them in the decision-making process.

Posting pictures of children on online media not only violates child’s rights, as mentioned above but also has potential negative effects on them. There is a danger that may arise from criminals or villains who gain access to personal information about the family, making the child vulnerable to harm. Additionally, the child’s privacy needs may be disregarded by the parents, who may post pictures or information that the child wishes to keep private. This can lead to the child being teased or bullied by friends, causing them to develop feelings of inferiority and isolation.

Parents should take the time to study their child’s rights and instill the importance of respecting individual rights from an early age. Even seemingly small things like taking pictures should involve the consent of the child, who should have a say in what information is shared publicly. Neglecting a child’s rights can have long-lasting emotional effects, and parents need to be mindful of this and take steps to protect their child’s well-being.

What should parents do to protect their child’s rights from social media?

Of course, when the child is very young and does not have enough knowledge, they cannot protect their rights by themselves. What can be done is that parents must be the first line of defense in protecting their child’s rights. Parents themselves have to lead by example by not disclosing personal information or sharing their children’s pictures on online media. As the child grows older and becomes more aware, parents should ask for their consent whenever they have to post pictures or personal information online. This is an easy way to start practicing and respecting child’s rights, and it should be instilled in children from an early age.

In conclusion, it is encouraging to see that modern Asian parents are increasingly aware of their child’s right to privacy. This can be seen from many celebrity parents who choose not to reveal their child’s face or personal information to safeguard their child’s rights. It is hoped that parents who have read this article will pay more attention to their children’s rights and work towards protecting them.

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