The Dangers of the Cyberworld
Social media sites allow people to be connected with friends and family, share photos, and exchange ideas. Social networking is very useful, but it can be a dangerous place for children if they are not careful. “During the last five years, the number of pre-adolescents and adolescents using such sites has increased dramatically” (Pearson). Parents should monitor their child’s social networking sites to keep them safe online. Social network public spaces are unpredictable. On sites such as Facebook and Twitter, once any information is shared, is no longer private and the information can never be deleted no matter how secure the privacy settings are. Facebook and Twitter will always have a copy of your postings on their databases. It is so easy to give out information without accountability. For children and teens, the mental capabilities to recognize online dangers, and the ability to make good, safe decisions are not present (Hopkins). In result of teen’s limited capacity for self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure, adolescents are at risk as they navigate and experiment with social media (Pearson). On social networking sites, kids are destined to be exposed to inappropriate content. Individuals could send nude pictures to teens and attempt to convince them to send an inappropriate picture in return. Parents need to monitor their child’s social networking activity so their kid’s will not be presented with this misconduct. Technology has made it easier for bullies to attack their victims and make it virtually impossible for the bullied individual to escape the online bulling. For example, a twelve-year-old girl from Florida committed suicide after reportedly being bullied by two female students. Another example is a fourteen-year-old boy from New York committed suicide after being bullied online for over a year (Kulmala). These are only two instances of cyber bullying that resulted in the deaths of very young...
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