Bex June 10, at 8: What would of been the harm in that? Several posters seem to have over-reacted to an excellent, thoughtful piece. And from the anecdotes she relates, it seems that was much appreciated.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. According to a report by Common Sense Media75 percent of teenagers in America currently have profiles on social networking sites, of which 68 percent use Facebook as their main social networking tool.
While social networking undoubtedly plays a vital role in broadening social connections and learning technical skills, its risks cannot be overlooked. The lack or difficulty in self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure makes adolescents vulnerable to such evils as Facebook depression, sexting, and cyberbullyingwhich are realistic threats.
Other problems such as social network-induced obesity, Internet addiction and sleep deprivation are issues that continue to be under intense scrutiny for the contradictory results that have been obtained in various studies.
The American Psychological Association defines bullying as aggressive behavior by an individual that causes discomfort to another. Cyberbullying ranges from direct threatening and unpleasant emails to anonymous activities such as trolling.
While direct unpleasant emails or messages are the most straightforward form of cyberbullying, they are probably the least prevalent in that only 13 percent of surveyed youngsters admitted to receiving threatening or aggressive messages.
Even forwarding a private note to a group without permission from the sender is often perceived as cyberbullying; Pew research found that 15 percent of teens were disturbed and uncomfortable about having had their private message forwarded or posted in a public forum.
Pew also found that nearly 39 percent of teens on social network have been cyberbullied in some way, compared with 22 percent of online teens who do not use social networks. Trolling, the act of deliberately inflicting hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, or just simple bickering between people, often anonymously, is also pervasive in social network.
If you thought Trolls lived under bridge, 28 percent of America lives thereit seems. A very important cause for cyberbullying is the anonymity possible on the Internet.
The National Council on Crime Prevention found from a survey that about three out of four victims of cyberbullying eventually trace the identity of the cyberbully, and so the anonymity may not be as safe a net as the bully believes.
The cyberbully is often a friend if they can be called that without insulting the word or sentimentor someone they know from school or outside. In reality, however, the consequences can be life altering to the extent that the victims could go as far as taking their lives or become psychologically distressed enough to require medical intervention.
The ironically individualistic nature of social networking activities makes it difficult to recognize a victim of cyberbullying, but tell-tale signs include avoiding or being anxious around the computer or cell phone and sudden change in behavior patterns.
Sexting, the action of sending sexually revealing pictures of themselves or sexually explicit messages to another individual or group, is another common activity among the teen community in social media.
A nationwide survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found a shocking 20 percent of teens participating in sexting.
While teenage boys resort to sending sexually explicit or suggestive messages, teenage girls are more likely to send inappropriate photos of themselves, mostly to their boyfriends. However, the permanence and pervasiveness of the internet makes it a fertile ground for spreading such information to the extent of getting viral -- 17 percent of sexters admittedly share the messages they receive with others, and 55 percent of those share them with more than one person.
Beyond the personal trauma and humiliation sexting may cause, there are judicial ramifications as well; some states consider such activities as misdemeanors while many group sexting under felony.
Recent studies have shown that comparisons are the main cause of Facebook depression; the study showed that down-comparison comparing with inferiors was just as likely to cause depression as up-comparison comparing with people better than oneself. However, there are contradictory reports as well.
Another study showed that Facebook makes us happier and increased social trust and engagement among users. Given that our brains are wired to connectit seems logical to expect that social networks, by enabling sharing, could cause a self-reinforcing sense of psychological satisfaction.
These studies show that the effect of social network on well-being hinges on how social networks are used -- whether to connect or to compare. Other risks of extensive social networking among youth are loss of privacysharing too much information, and disconnect from reality.
The digital footprint is a permanent trail that users of social media, indeed of the Internet itself, leave the moment they sign into any service. The digital footprint, by its permanence, can have serious repercussions in future, in both professional and personal areas of life.
Another serious risk is the amount of information shared on social network sites. What is more worrying is the fact that 44 percent of them believed that the information they posted on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace were being used against them.
Adolescence is the time to spread wings and take the tentative first flight out into the world, and parents and caregivers must be part of the process. In the domain of social networking, this entails parents becoming educated about the advantages and disadvantages of social networking and themselves joining social network sites, not to hover, but to be aware of the activities of their teenage wards.
It is essential that parents are aware of and monitor privacy settings and online profiles of their wards. Open discussions about social network protocols and etiquettes would go a long way in establishing global digital citizenship and healthy behavior.
Co-authored by Lakshmi, a Mobicip blogger who is just as passionately opinionated about the juxtaposition of technology, parenting, and education.Teens have to switch from text lingo to writing a paper for an English class.
Students have to be able to switch from text lingo to proper English, but they are . The right age to give kids their first cell phone is really up to parents. Age isn't as important a kid's maturity level, ability to follow home (and their schools') rules, and their sense of responsibility.
Ann's Bookshelf Friend of my Youth Amit Chaudhuri Faber & Faber leslutinsduphoenix.com , A$, hardback, pages This is a novel in which the narrator has the same name as the author and shares his profession, background, experiences and family. Cyber Bullying - Sarah is an average teenage girl.
She gets decent grades, likes to hang out with friends and is on the track team. One day when Sarah arrives at school she notices other kids staring at her and whispering, but she doesn’t think too much of it. Social media has changed a lot in recent memory, affecting communication methods amongst teens, social, and psychological behavior.
The pros associated with social media are communication, social networking, and freedom of speech while the cons are internet crime, loss of productivity in health and education. Arkansas Regional Library. NARL is a consortium of public libraries from Clay, Greene and Randolph Counties. The regional library allows for the pooling of resources to better serve the three counties.