The Cons of the Social Network and Children

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In December 2011, Facebook had an average of 483 million daily active users (Facebook, 2012). Social networking sites all vary, yet the one feature they have in common is that they permit users to create a personal profile on the website and allows them to interact through instant messaging and e-mail. As the technology of the Internet advances, social networking sites have a greater impact on human relationships, both positive and negative. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space have negative effects on children. They increase the ease and rise of cyber bullying, and health problems. Social networks also multiply the numbers of identity theft and bring other issues such as personal insecurities. Social networking sites have increase identity theft, the safety of the children as well as cyber bullying, and health issues.

Psychological disorders in children are often caused by the overused of social networking (American Psychological Association, 2011). Children who spend too much time online can rule out important activities such as homework, physical activities, and even deprive themselves of sleep. Rosen (2011) says “studies found that middle school; high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15 minute study period achieved lower grades”. In social networks such has Facebook; people can choose who to be friends with and who is not. It is a very competitive environment, and it can reflect on their self-esteem which can lead to anxiety or depression. Children do not always have a sense of time management therefore, they spend more time chatting a way with friends than exercising and doing homework. Social networking has an impact on social skills of the children. The older generation learned how to communicate and interact with each other before social networks were even invented. The younger generation does not interact socially except in school and work. Children no longer want to play with one...
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