The Pros Of Social Networking Sites
The best advantage of social networking sites is that these sites allow you to keep in touch with your friends, classmates, and relatives. It is also the most cost effective way to keep in touch with your people. Here geographical locations are no barrier to stay in touch. These sites allow you to send and receive messages, upload photos, and videos. As such, they are very interactive as you can get to see what your friends and relatives are up to.
With social networking sites, you are not bound by any geographical and cultural differences. You get to meet and know a variety of people whose interests are similar to your own. These sites are a window to different cultures and places.
You can build a network of contacts and interact with a lot of people at the same time. As such, you can spread your thoughts and interests to a large number of people.
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Families that have left the United States in search of jobs in other countries no longer have to feel isolated from the family and friends they left behind. These same social networking sites, however, pose several threats to young children. Children under the age of 16 should not be allowed to sign on to social networking sites.
Sixteen is considered the earliest age at which most teens can drive. This is because their judgment and reasoning skills have finally come to resemble those of adults. They understand cause and effect relationships, and they have learned how to handle complex responsibilities. Prior to this age, most teens and tweens consider themselves in a very small capacity. Many can not see long term consequences of their actions. They do not understand how a poor decision today can affect them next month, or next year, or even ten years from now. Posting inappropriate things on a social networking site, which comes with the permanence of the internet, could cause others to tease or bully them, result in suspension from school, bring on criminal charges and even affect their ability to get into college years down the road.
Social networking sites are also havens for those who like to prey on children. The allow child predators anonymity to seek, groom, and then meet victims. There have been numerous stories of children who have been led out of their homes to meet “kids” they met online. The kids aren’t kids at all – they are adult child molesters.
The most glaring disadvantage of social networking sites is the risk of identity theft and fraud. The personal information of users can be used by dubious people for illegal activities. Information like the e-mail address, name, location, and age can be used to commit online crimes.
Also, many people pretend to be someone else and prepare their online profiles with false information, so as to dupe unsuspecting users. So, if you do not know the person face to face then it will be very hard for you to find the real identity.
Another cause of concern is cases of online harassment and stalking. Since the social networking sites, are very poorly regulated so it can be a very fertile ground for people trying to get even with you. They can spread malicious humor among your friends and also download and morph your photos.