Identity theft and fraud are two bothersome concerns that have come out of social networking sites. There is potential for exposure to cyber crime including online predators. There is also a chance of people’s profiles being hacked for their e-mail addresses, name, location, age, and much other personal information that users give out so others can use them in performing illegal activities. There are also people who pretend to be somebody else and convince you that they are in for a business deal, ask to meet up with you, but the truth is they are there to rob you out of your money. When people lie about who they are, they may use deceiving pictures.
Cases of online harassment and stalking have also been a concern which falls into cyber bullying / harassment where younger people are vulnerable to. People who may have issues with you or for whatever reason can just search ...view middle of the document...
Adults often worry that teens and even younger adults share too much personal information in these social networks. Employers and college or university admissions offices now routinely review Myspace pages and other social networking sites when making hiring and admissions decisions. Inappropriate postings have cost young people a new job or a spot in the college or university of their choice. Social networking makes it easier to humiliate others with embarrassing pictures, which can also be bad if employers search you.
Social networking has also led to serious cases such as death. Back in May of 2001, a young 13 year old girl was strangled to death in a mall parking lot while having sex with a restaurant worker she met on the internet in Danbury, CT. Her killer was 25 years of age at the time. Her body was later found in a remote ravine in Greenwich, Ct. On the internet; she used provocative screen names and routinely had sex with men she met in chat rooms. Her parents said they had no hint that their daughter was using the computer to arrange encounters with men and would give anything to take that computer back.
"When you're a teen-ager, you're kind of experimenting with who you are." A Youth Internet Safety Survey in 2000 found that one of five youngsters between ages 10 and 17 received an unwanted sexual solicitation in the previous year online. The survey by the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire collected information in telephone interviews with 1,501 youngsters nationwide who used the Internet at least once a month for six months. A spokeswoman said that the dangers are heightened by a combination of youthful curiosity and computer know-how.
You should make use of the pros and cons of social networking sites to take precautions in the kind of people you should trust and share some information about yourself to. The debates whether you should or should not be a part of the social networking community is never ending. And, at the end of the day, the best weapon that you have is sound judgment.