13 August 2013
Essay #1 Rough Draft
Social Media and Predators
Because of many sick minded people in the world today it is therefore fitting to say that parents and adults need to be reminded of the dangers of the internet since kids are being targeted every day. With today’s social media and younger kids being able to go on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other forms of these social media websites it has become very easy for predators to find and target children. Many parents can be clueless and have no idea of the danger these sites can be towards their children. Other parents don't understand how easy it is for a sexual predator to go on one of these sites and be able to talk with almost anyone. Just a few years ago the danger was in online chat rooms. Today, children share personal information all across the web. They do it away from home on cell phone devices and parents may be clueless and not be able to monitor their children. New services on Facebook and twitter allow users to post pictures or tweets with a GPS locator giving sexual predators an upper hand and making it easier for them. Most children don't mention their social media accounts to their parents in fear that those accounts will be taken away. Predators have learned to master the current language and slang being used by kids in today's world and use it in approaching and targeting their victims. According to the American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, "Over 60% of 13-17 year olds have at least one profile on a social networking site, many spending more than 2 hours per day on social networking sites". With many adults being unaware of the dangers of social media it is important that information is available on dangers of these social media websites. Sexual predators aren't going away anytime soon and parents need to monitor and be aware of their children's involvement and use of social networking. These sites have become so popular that it’s going to take more than...
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