Real Life Teens: Dangers of Social Media

Released 2007


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Michael Bennett (VII)
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Social networking sites are open to anyone however offer a low level of security and protection. Because teens often post detailed and specific information, they can be more easily stalked by strangers or even acquaintances. The purpose of most of these networks is to allow individuals and groups to keep in touch and track the daily lives of each other. By keeping things at the status quo on the social networking sites, the result is a micro society of friends that is more open than ever before. However teens don't often consider the dangers that social networking introduces to their lives. The content they place on the networks can easily make them vulnerable to all sorts of threats. Some of these threats are minor, but some can be incredibly severe. A photo shared between two people can quickly become a viral phenomenon. By using the text messaging service on their cell phones, computers or other electronic devices, teens engage in sexting by sending flirtatious messages back and forth. Sexting is currently illegal under federal law. It falls under the creation, distribution and possession of child porn and is a felony offense. While some lawmakers are working to change this, others are prosecuting both those taking the pictures and those possessing them. Subjects Covered Include: What are the benefits of Social Networking Sites?, What are the dangers of Social Networking?, What should you not post on your site?, What is the impact from incriminating & inappropriate information posted on network sites?, Can postings on a network site effect employment? The Felony charges associated with sexting.moreless

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