File - Students check their mobile phones in Beirut, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In Lebanon, the social network is fast becoming a family affair.As social media fads come and go, Instagram has provided Tala a new platform for picture sharing, one her family members have yet to infiltrate."The concept of social media and privacy can't and don't coexist," Itani said.Worldwide, the number of people forfeiting their privacy to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is staggering. Unlike Tala, who changed her settings, A. Rizk responded to her family's presence on Facebook by going incognito.From a parental perspective, what children decided to share on social media perplexes more than it angers.Rather than see the presence of family members as a threat to privacy, communication experts urged children and parents to use social media for positive engagement.Positive interaction among family members online may encourage children not to misuse social networks to compensate for lost attention or affection at home.
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