Pros and Cons of the Social Web

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Brandi Miller
Ashton University
INF: 103
Mark Revels
November 8, 2010

The Pros and Cons of the Social Web 2.0

1. What is Web 2.0?
a) Where did it start from?
b) Sharing information?
c) Who can share this info?
2. What are the good things about social-web?
a) Easier communication Advertising
b) Great way to learn
c) People connected together by common interests
3. What are the cons of using the social-web?
a) No Privacy
b) Cyber bulling
c) Identity theft and fraud.
d) Keeping kids safe

4. Ways we can make the social web safer and educational?
a) Don’t give out your information
b) Monitor our kids online
c) Make it easier and safer to control.

Teens these days are well connected, with strong majorities having their own email address and cell phone. They spend substantial amounts of time online, doing a variety of activities, such as emailing, researching, playing games, and using social networking sites. TheWeb 2.0 has changed our social media in a way that will effect both communication and interaction forever. These Social Web makes it possible for us to get in touch with friends from all over there world. This is a way for an easier, faster way of communicating with one another. Though there are a lot of great things about these Social Web Sites, there is still a concern with safety and our privacy online. Social networking is a giant and genuine sociological phenomenon among American teenagers. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers.  MySpace is one of the most popular sites that younger kids join (enterprise web,2008). There is very little verbal communication now days! This has a lot to do with our new found way of communicating with one another on Social Websites also known as Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site gives its users the free choice to interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. In contrast to these websites users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them (,2010). Though they are aware of the risks, many teens expose personal information about themselves online anyway. Nearly three-quarters of teens have an online profile on a social networking site, where many teens have posted photos of themselves and their friends, among other personal information. Identity Theft is a big problem we need to get a handle on. These Social Websites should never serve as a substitute for communication, or it can lead to depression and loneliness. Social networking doesn’t stand up to time spent interacting with friends as in real life. There are serious crimes that can take place while using some of these social websites. “Cyber bullying” is a type of online harassment that is becoming more dangerous and prevalent in among adolescents and teenagers, and it needs to be stopped. There are several Pros regarding Web 2.0 Social Networking Site’s. Most sites are like a Virtual Meeting place where people can hang out and discuss different topics. Being online also keeps people from going out and talking to others in person. There are people all over the world with common likes who would be able to communicate, and discuss certain issues with each other without talking. These sites have expanded the growth of peer groups beyond geographical and demographically boundaries. Some of these networking sites also promote their blogs, bulletins and updates. It makes life more exciting for many people. Social networking sites have paved the way for easier communication to your friends, family, or colleagues. The Internet can be a powerful tool for children given the right programming. Virtual...
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