Concerns about Social Networking
In 2012, 1.4 billion social network users around the world. In addition, there are statistic shows that the number of social network users from now until 2018, approximately2.13 billion . (The Statistics). Online social networking has gained popular especially by teenagers and young adults. Nowadays, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, are common sites for people to meet and make friends. Moreover, people cannot imagine their life without social networking sites. In 2013, 42% of online adults use multiple social networking sites, however, Facebook remains the first choice for social networking sites.(Pew).From 1980 until the mid-1990 CompuServe was the first major Internet service provider in the United States.( The Brief History of Social Media). Currently, social networking is raising concerns in three specific respects: teens and adults reveal personal information online , people trying to contact another person for sexual predators, and indiscriminate postings facing issues when applying for future careers .
The most urgent issue is teens sharing their personal information online and posting their photos can endanger future career like person is holding vodka or person doing sexual harassment. This occurs because young people don’t have enough awareness of the public nature of the internet. In the article “A Privacy Paradox,” Lenhart and Madden report that 87% of American teens between 12-17 years old are using the internet (Lenhart and Madden 180).furthermore, 55% adults of social networking sites have created a personal profile online, and 55% have used social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace.(Lenhart and Madden 172). Additionally, this issue is not a big problem when teens have awareness about social networking sites by talking about the consequences of careless use of social networking sites with their parents. Also, young people feel more comfortable when they share aspects of their lives with friends on the Internet. Moreover, we can reduced the concerns about social networking in many ways: first, when the parents know what their children do on the Internet, they should tell them about consequences when they sharing their personal information with strangers. Also, parents should determine the time to use the internet. In addition, teens can restricting their home pages on the Internet, or they can limit part of their pages, such as photo, address, and phone number to specific people.
A secondary issue is lack of sufficient knowledge about the Internet in other words, teens and adults think that nobody can see their pages on the Internet, so teens and adults posting their personal information may also get them into trouble when they are applying for a job or to graduate school. For example, at Vermont Technical College, a student was rejected by a famous company because he posted his picture with a bottle of vodka on the Internet (Stone175). Some students make an effort to delete these indiscriminate postings, but the postings still accessible online. According to in the article “Web of Risks,” in 2005, Brad Davis and his friends commemorated a night of drinking then he posted photos on Facebook of themselves , so the school order Davis and his friends to hang a poster on their walls, and they got a citation and were a public shamed. Moreover, some schools or companies have banned blogs and have asked students or employees to take their information off networking sites. In addition, there are several ways to address the problem of posting personal information .First, parents should follow their children social network life to understand what their children do on the Internet and help them when their children do mistakes. Second, social websites should not allow people to see posting pictures another people.
The most important problem is sexual predators that are people trying to contact another person for sexual contact. Nowadays, teens and adults spend most of their time making friends by social networking. According to (Social Networking Sites and Teens) adults boy who utilize social networking sites (ages 15-17) to form new friendships are more likely than girls. (Lenhart and Madden172). However, they stay in touch with strangers and they reveal real personal information may also exposes them to risk because sexual predators can collect information about them through online information such as name, address, photo and phone number. This occurs because young people don’t have enough awareness of the public nature of the Internet. In September 2008, the US president signed into law bill aimed protecting children. The law bill is Senate Bill S.431 (Public Law N. 110-400) keeping the Internet devoid of sexual predators. (It Law Group). Additionally, there are several ways to address the problem of online sexual predators. First, parents should tell their children about the consequences when they contact strangers. Second, teens and adults can restricting their home pages on the internet, or they can limit part of their pages, such as photo, address, and phone numbers to specific people.
There are multiple concerns about how to use social networking in three specific areas. First, teens and adults show up their information, predators communicate with teens to sexual harassment, and some postings get teens into trouble unintentionally. Therefore, there are many solutions for parents eager to help their children with online social networks. First, when the parents know what their children do on the Internet, they should tell them about consequences when they sharing their personal information with strangers. Second, parents should determine the time to use the Internet. Third, teens can restrict their home pages on the Internet, or they can limit part of their pages such as photo, address, and phone number to specific people. Finally, parents should educate their children how to use social networking sites.
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