Teenagers spend too much time on social networking websites and this trend can eventually make matters worse. Spending so much time on these w... ... middle of paper ... ... is a question that many students ask themselves before studying for an exam, writing a paper, or simply doing homework. Hours and hours pass before some students begin their assignments and they will wait until last minute to get anything done. Internet addiction is becoming more and more common among Americans. Although Goldwasser includes positive points about the Internet she fails to search deeper into the problem that American teens have with it today.
Identity thefts affect adults as well as young adults because it may take away their identity and use these identities for devious purposes. CYBERBULLYING: A DEATH SENTENCE "Cyberbullying is defined as a person tormenting, threatening, harassing or embarrassing another person or group of people using online social networking”. Where Cyberbullying is affecting up to 43% of your children according to an organisation that is extremely concerned about the issue, the subject of Cyberbullying is an immensely hurtful form of bullying for your children. Of course none of them would openly admit to this or advertise the fact, but from the stories we are all hearing these days cyberbullying not only emotionally scars people, but on numerous occasions cyberbullying is also fatal as it has the potential to make someone commit suicide. It is not acceptable to cyberbully, others may see it as acceptable but in reality the effects of it are extremely harmful to the person on the receiving end.
Since they spend countless hours on the internet, they do not know what is going on in the real world. Children were recently asked history questions. None of them knew when the civil war was started, but if they were asked questions of which celebrity was dating who. They instantly knew those answers. It shows that children do not pay attention in school and that they pay to much attention to the online world.
However, identity theft, cyberbullying and phishing are three major type of cybercrimes which are impacting social networking websites. Many factors play right into the advantage of identity theft through social media. One of the most important is the lack of user knowledge of the social media or website they are using. Social media such as Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, among others have insecure data for their
Teens that are allowed to have Facebook accounts could be subjected to cruel and hateful comments by classmates. It’s bad enough when it is at school, but when it follows a teen outside of school it becomes too much to deal with for many. News reports of teen suicides or teen shootings are becoming all too common, many being brought on by bullying inside and outside of school. An article on cyberbullying in social media by Stephanie Pappas found that 89 to 97 percent of teens that were using social media had a Facebook account. (Pappas) Researchers at the University of Alberta reviewed 36 cases of cyberbullying of teens 12 to 18.
Therefore, many teens are faced with cyberbullies. Thus, by using social networking sites teens are faced with consequences. Social networking sites have negative effects on teen because of isolation, Behavior, and predation. Social networks isolate teens and change behavior in them also they are faced with predators.
There are an excessive quantity of hazards with anonymity, and should be banned or prohibit in social media. Cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems among teenagers today (Simmons). There are many children and teenagers who have cyber bullied, and these have also cyber bullied others. In addition, bullies can talk to children with fake or anonymous identities. Children and adolescents can post comments, make fun of others and hurt the feelings of many people without being trapped.
Cyber bullying causes suicides “Cyberbullying has also been the cause of many suicides in young people” (Barnes and Laird). Teenagers are not aware when they are cyber bullying, they may act like they are playing around and take it as a joke, but they don’t think of the victim and what is going through their mind, The victim might take it to things serious and hurt themselves and especially if they are being bullied or criticized by someone who is well known in school. Many cases have been reported of teenagers killing themselves because they were being harassed through social media. Also, cyber bullying causes depression in young adults, says Kowalski, “… cyberbullying is also a problem and can leave victims experiencing depression…”(Barnes and Laird). Victims are left with a feeling that they aren’t good enough and become depressed with themselves because the constant bullying they receive.
It has become an epidemic and has even led young teenagers to taking their own life. One may ask, how could it go that far? Why is it that students do not stand up for themselves? Many questions like these are still unanswered today and because people are neglecting this issue, online bullying has become a natural way of life. Cyberbullying must be considered a criminal offense since it’s a form of harassment and a long lasting event, high staking percentages of students are being bullied and are not getting justice and in most cases it eventually leads to suicide.
Suicide is at the top of the list for deaths among teenagers as the result of bullying. Teens everywhere, in every school, are scared to come to school because they cannot face the nasty environment of name-calling and being pushed around. This type of environment isn’t just in schools either. With all the technology and social media websites, bullying can be done in many ways through the Internet. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr allow people to cyber bully other peers.