School for Studies in Learning Cognition and Education
EDFN111B – Academic Reading, Writing and Research
Student Name: Clifford Pierre
Student ID: 57420
Assignment Due Date: 3rd April, 2012
Assignment: Argument Essay
Instructor: Mrs. Andrews
Topic: Effects of Social Media on Adolescents
Thesis Statement: As with virtually any use of the internet, using social networks becomes a risk to adolescents more often than most realize.
TOPIC | TOPIC SENTENCE | Privacy Issues | 1. Social media allows youths to share private information that can lead to exploitation and abuse. | Cyberbullying | 2. There are many reports of youths affected by cyberbullying – the relentless online teasing, ostracizing, harassing, or threatening. | Indecent Exposure | 3. On social networks, there is no regulation of material; consequently, youths are at risk of exposure to explicit material. | Addiction | 4. Social media can become addictive, consuming excessive amounts of time and distracting youths from more vital activities. | Reputation | 5. Many youths are oblivious to the fact that social media carve out a reputation that can be difficult to erase. | Socializing Skills | 6. Overuse of online social media can increase social isolation as well as depression when it replaces more tangible forms of human contact. |
Opposing Point: . Social media sites allow teens to accomplish online, many of the tasks that are important to them offline: staying connected with friends and family, making new friends, sharing pictures, and exchanging ideas (O’Keefe G. S. 2011, Impact of Social Media).
Rebuttal : “One of the ironies of Social networks,” writes Don Tapscott (2008) in his book Grown Up Digital , “is that while it makes staying in touch easier when family members are physically apart, it can also keep them apart when they’re at home.”
In recent years, the internet has sparked a revolution that has had a
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