Write an article for a school website, in which you inform readers about an online social networking issue. English controlled assessment 2
Social networking is everywhere. It is common to find parents, children, coworkers and even the elderly on the networks across the social media world on sites such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. With social networks people across the world have access to tools and options that were previously non-existent. There are just as many new opportunities to connect as there are to get into potential danger. Social networking has opened up many new doorways for cyber-crime, and with all the people on social networks who are completely new to technology, it is more important than ever to make sure people are aware of the risks. One of the worst things about the crimes committed through social networking sites, is that just about anyone is at risk, no matter who they are. Anyone from a CFO of a major credit union to a 14 year old girl, or a new college graduate to a retired senior citizen, is a potential for those that hunt out and prey upon unsuspecting social network users. Children especially, should have some form of supervision over their social network activities. The openness and ease with which contact is made online within a social network makes them even more vulnerable, and even easier to contact by child predators. Social networking sites such as Facebook provide individuals with a way of maintaining and strengthening social ties, which can be beneficial in both social and academic settings. These same sites, however, could pose a danger to students' privacy, safety, and professional reputations if proper precautions are not taken. Children under the age of 13 should not be using the internet without some form of parental supervision. Most social network web sites have a minimum age limit so that young children cannot make profiles. However, it is easy to fool these systems. Make sure they are...
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