In today’s world everything is done online. The biggest debate today is whether the internet is the best or worse thing that happened to society and todays generation? How does social media effect the behavior and growth of generations and how things are being done and handled. Whether we like it or not we are always online either talking to friends, social media, or as simple as researching. Certain life events, influences, and surroundings can change our behavior and the way we go about it. In today’s world children and young teens have unlimited access to the internet. They have the ability to make there own Facebook pages. Facebook is the number one social media networking site in the world. It is also were predators and child molesters pick there prey. Parents are unable to monitor there child’s every move, leaving kids browsing through there Facebook and talking to people they don’t personally know or would not talk to in real life. Facebook is a prime site for those who aren’t comfortable with there personal life or are looking for an outlet to talk to new people. It is very important when on Facebook you are only accepting people you personally know and aren’t posting personal information. Social media gives people an outlet to become people there not and do things they normally wouldn’t do if you were to meet them in person. While Facebook is designed to be viewed by almost everyone, many attract people identical to themselves are with similar likes and dislikes, so it is not uncommon to find groups using sites to segregate themselves by nationality, age, educational level, or other factors that typically segment society, even if that was not the intention of the developers according to “Using Social Media as New Tool to Explain Human Behavior”. Facebook has become really dangerous do to the lack of parental supervision because today’s generation has so many different ways to access the internet. Parents are unaware of what there child is posting or talking to online. The wrong post or tweet can get you into serious trouble.
The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families,Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, Council on Communications and Media,Pediatrics Apr 2011, 127
Using social media is the most common pastime of children and teens today. Gaming sites are also considered as social media, these attract younger kids more due to entertainment they get out of it. It is important that parents are aware of what there child is researching and who they are talking to on the internet. Not all sites are healthy environments for children. Pediatricians help families understand these sites and encourage parents to monitor and look out for signs of cyberbullying, depression, sexting, and exposure to inappropriate activity.
The Revolution Will be Networked, Weiwu Zhang, Thomas J. Johnson, Trent Seltzer, Shannon L. Richard, Social Science Computer Review Vol 28, Issue 1, pp. 75 – 92 First published date: June-12-2009
Social networking has engaged citizens in civic and political activities. Social networking sites influence political attitudes and democratic participation after controlling demographic groups and political discussion. Social networking has increased civic participation but not political participation. Social media has the ability to begin political discussions but also allows people to express their own opinion which can sometimes start agreements with those who disagree. This has allowed people to get a better view of who they are electing and what candidate has the beliefs, attributes, and characteristics that you would like.
Amedie, Jacob, ” e Impact of Social Media on Society” (2015). Advanced Writing: Pop Culture Intersections. Paper 2. h p://scholarcommons.scu.edu/engl_176/2
Social media allows people to create false identities and superficial connections that they wouldn’t make in real life. Social media is a cause of depression and is a primary tool of criminals and terrorists. This new way of communication exposes us to social cohesion and the destruction of personal value systems. We take responsibility to understand the meaning of social media and the impact it has in our world and the events that occur.
“Social Media’s Impact On Society.” Odyssey. N.p., 16 Aug. 2016. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.
Social Media has the ability to change the way we view ourselves, the way we see other people and the way we interact with everything around us. Social media has positive effects such as promoting awareness, advertising businesses, and helping relationship with family members form. There are many improvements in technology and social media that makes it so easy to talk to people across the world. The overuse of social media is a worldwide problem that affects all ages, and research has shown that interest usage can have negative impact on mental and emotional health.
Writer, Leaf Group. “Dangers of MySpace and Facebook With Sexual Predators.” Our Everyday Life. Our Everyday Life, 16 Feb. 2013. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Even though we use Facebook and other networking sites from our house, sexual predators have found ways to victimize users online. They hid behind fake profiles posing as other people that attract there victims. They take the information on the victims profile and use it to lure victims in, stalk their lives, and hack their accounts to blackmail them. Sexual rectors pose very real dangers for users on social media sites like Facebook.
Kotenko, Jam. “Scary Statistics Show That Sex Offenders Are Taking over Social Media.” Digital Trends. N.p., 02 Apr. 2013. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Facebook has become overpopulated with perverts, pedophiles and rapists using fake profiles to attract victims. The numbers of cases involving sexual assault has increased tremendously. Facebook gets hundreds of new sign ups daily causing a good amount of them to be criminals. Almost everyone has a Facebook because there isn’t a way for Facebook to not allow criminals to join. The FBI has released a guide to Internet safety that will let the public take care of underage children exposure to the internet.
O’Donnell, Andy. “Know the Dangers of Oversharing on Facebook.” Lifewire. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.
Stalkers lover oversharing because it always them to know your location, dislikes, and likes without them trying. Facebook provides a timeline where it is easy for the world to have a quick look at all the things you’ve ever posted with the time stamp. Stalkers click on the year and month that they are interested in and it appears. This is why it is important that we allow only are trusted friends and set our privacy settings to allow more access for trusted friends and family and highly limited access to those we don’t know.