Lack of Responsibility in Social Media

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Lack of Responsibility within Social Media
Lack of Responsibility within Social Media
Brian Farr
Jonathan Lewis

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Lack of Responsibility within Social Media
The impact of social media’s influence on the world cannot be disputed. Many people focus on the benefits that social media has provided. Social media has changed the course of communication, business and human connection. I would agree, there are many benefits which social media provides. As with everything in life there is another side that must be acknowledged as well. What people do not choose to acknowledge is the gross lack of responsibility within social media. Social media provides a level of anonymity for people, and
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In 2010, thirteen suicides were attributed to bullying at school and through social media sites the youngest of these was a 13 year old boy.
These tragic deaths were the catalyst for change on a national level. As reported by Clary (2012) in his article published by St Joseph’s News, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House hosted a conference to address bullying. The Safe Schools Improvement Act was introduced to Congress in March of 2011. The Safe Schools Improvement Act requires schools to collect and report information on bullying; establish notification and grievance procedures for students and parents; as well as prohibit bullying and harassment by instituting discipline policies for such behavior. Unfortunately it took the senseless deaths of these 13 children to focus national attention on this growing dilemma.

Recently social media has been used to facilitate even more despicable behavior. Whether you are updating your Facebook status about an upcoming weekend getaway or Tweeting that you are headed to the mall, this information is being used to target you. Chatting about a weekend trip could be an unintentional invitation to having your home burglarized. Posting personal information about you could open the door of opportunity to have your identity stolen.
Social media has
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