The Dangers of Social Media Network on Teenagers
Human beings are social animals. The urge to meet new people is in our genetic code, and nowhere is it stronger than among teens. Especially for today’s generation, social networking sites have replaced the shopping mall as the preferred place to meet up. As we all know, it is easier than ever to connect and share information online in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. This means a teen’s most intimate musings or digital snapshots can become public in less than a second, carrying risks that are not often taken seriously enough. Cyberbullying, an act to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about another person using digital media is the most common online risk for all teens and is a peer-to-peer risk, can occur to any young person online, and can cause profound psychosocial outcomes including depression, anxiety, severe isolation, and, tragically, suicide. The main risk to teenagers online today are risks from each other, risks of improper use of technology, lack of privacy, sharing too much information, or posting false information about themselves or others. These types of behavior put their privacy at risk.
Teenagers who lack an awareness of privacy issues often post inappropriate messages, pictures, and videos without understanding that “what goes online stays online.” As a result, future jobs and college acceptance may be put into jeopardy by inexperienced and rash clicks of the mouse. Indiscriminate Internet activity also can make children and teenagers easier for marketers and fraudsters to target.
The Dark Side
Social Networks are really hot right now. Teens are spending a great deal of time on sites like MySpace, Facebook and others. But just what are your teens being exposed to when they log onto their Facebook profile or MySpace profile? The answers are alarming.
While social network sites do have merit, they allow people from all over the world to...
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